Orinda needs new tax money to repair and maintain its decaying and damaged road system. No amount of budget cutting, grants from other agencies or even a $1 million reallocation of taxes sent to MOFD which is a subsidy to Moraga for emergency services will solve the problem.
The magnitude of the problem is large. The City needs $2.2 to $2.5 million per year to maintain its roads. In addition, it needs $40 - 50 million to bring deteriorated roads up to reasonable standards and another $12 to repair or replace aging drainage structures under the roads.
To address this problem, the Orinda City Council created a Ten Year Road Plan in July 2012 starting with a half cent Sales Tax to be voted on this November. This is to be followed by two $20 million bond measures in 2016 and 2020.
While the intent to fix our roads is a good one, this solution will fail. The sales tax will not generate enough revenue to even maintain what we have and the bond measures, by all indications, will never be accepted by the voters. In four years, when the first bond measure fails, the city will realize that it has agreed to a hollow plan and at that point, ten years after the Infrastucture Committee released its report on the decrepit state of our roads and water pipes for fire protection, we will be back to square one.
We cannot allow this to happen.