On Tuesday, California voters rejected Proposition 6, an attempt to repeal the 12-cent gas tax increase which would have removed $5 billion in annual funding for road repair and transportation funding.
Overall, just 44.6% supported the repeal while 55.4% said they were in favor of keeping the tax. Specially in Contra Costa County, only 36.03% of voters supported the repeal.
SB-1 was created to help pay for an estimated $67 billion backlog in highway, bridge and road repair. Under the legislation, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, SB 1 (Beall), invests $52.4 billion over the next decade by doing the following:
- $7.3 billion by increasing diesel excise tax 20 cents
- $3.5 billion by increasing diesel sales tax to 5.75 percent
- $24.4 billion by increasing gasoline excise tax 12 cents
- $16.3 billion from an annual transportation improvement fee based on a vehicle’s value
- $200 million from an annual $100 Zero Emission Vehicle fee commencing in 2020.
- $706 million in General Fund loan repayments.
Had Proposition 6 been repealed, it would have meant a reduction in funding which would have eliminated or delayed road projects across the state.
At the October 1 Pittsburg City Council meeting, it was stated if Prop 6 was repealed, the City would lose more than $1 million in funding for much needed planned construction.
Also in October, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors approved their 7-year Capital Road Improvement and Preservation Program. It was during the meeting they stated if Prop 6 was repealed they would lose $21.8 million in anticipated funding.
Several projects were on the chopping block including:
- Vasco Road and Bryon Highway Improvements
- Route 239 – Vasco Road/Byron Highway Connector Project
- Marsh Creek Road Safety Improvements
- Camino Tassajara Bike Lane Gap Closure
- Marsh Creek Road Bridge Replacement (Bridge 143& 145)
- Bryon Highway Bridge Replacement