California voters will be deciding the fate of the 2017 Road Repair and Accountability Act, or Senate Bill 1, this November. SB 1, which increased fuel taxes and vehicle fees, gave funding toward California road repair.
If Proposition 6 passes, the taxes and fees will be appealed and the money for California cities had anticipated for infrastructure projects will not be available.
At an Oct. 3 City Council meeting, the Morgan Hill Council adopted a resolution to formally oppose Proposition 6. Morgan Hill Communications and Engagement Manager, Maureen Tobin, sent a release about the city’s resolution.
The release said Proposition 6 would have a “severe impact” on the city’s ability to maintain infrastructure obligations.
The fuel tax went into effect Nov. 1, 2017. Once in full effect, SB 1 was expected to generate $1.5 billion a year in revenue for local street work.
“The City is responsible for the operation, repair, and maintenance of approximately 128 centerline miles of streets with a pavement replacement value of over $168 million,” the city’s release said. “The Morgan Hill City Council has allocated $1.1 million per year toward street pavement in Fiscal Years 2018-2022. The City of Morgan Hill anticipates receiving $800,000 in FY 2018-19, and approximately $1 million per year from SB 1 in future years.”
Tobin had previously said at a September candidate forum that the council hoped to educate voters on all measures and would work to make sure residents knew what a vote on Proposition 6 would mean.
Mayor Steve Tate commented in the press release, “SB1 funding will enable Morgan Hill to continue badly needed roadway improvement projects that otherwise would not be possible. The loss of this funding, if Prop 6 passes, will have significant negative impacts on Morgan Hill residents.”