Measure L is the first part of a four part, ten year plan which plans to bring the "public roads system to PCI 70."  PCI 70 is considered fair to good.

  1. Measure L - 1/2 cents sales tax lasting for 10 years.  $650,000 projected for the first year.  $6.7 million over the 10  year life of the tax.  Simple majority required for passage.  Can be used for any pupose but City Council has added auditing requirements meant to assure voters that the money will only be used for roads.
  2. $19.8 million bond measure put on ballot in 2016.  Funds to be used to repair roads from 2017-2020.  2/3 supermajority needed to pass this tax.
  3. A second $19.8 million bond measure put on ballot in 2020.  Funds to be used to repair roads from 2021-2024.  2/3 supermajority needed to pass this tax.
  4. Extension of the 1/2 cent sales tax put on ballot at termination of the first one, 2022.

Cost to Orinda households for the elements of the ten year plan

  • There are about 7,200 parcels in Orinda and 6,600 households
  • Assuming the $650,000 per year sales tax is paid by Orinda residents, that equates to approximately $100 per household per year.
  • Assuming a 30 year term and a 5 percent interest rate, a $20 million bond with level payments would cost $1,300,000 for each those 30 years.  If this is paid as a parcel tax by 7,200 parcel owners, that would result in a cost of $180 per parcel per year for 30 years.
  • The sum of the sales tax and the parcel tax to support the two bonds would cost the average Orinda household $460 per year.

Road Repair and Maintenance Costs and Projected Revenue

  • Revenue - in addition to $39.6 million in bond proceeds and $7.4 million sales tax revenues, the city projects $11.4 million in funding from the general fund for a 12 year total of $58.4 million (from the ten year plan document)
  • Construction costs - In its November 29, 2011 presentation to the City Council, the Road Subcommittee sumarized the following costs: bring roads up to an average PCI of 70 - $41.1 million; repair under-road drainage - $12.5 million; maintain roads at a 70 PCI - $2.5 million per year.

Survey Results (January 2012 Orinda survey)

  • 61% of respondents would support a 1/2 cent (1/2%) sales tax (page 16)
  • 55% support $20 million bond measure (pg 25) but unstated what and if respondents were told what it would cost them.
  • 52% paying $200 per year to repair roads (page 33)
  • 46% support $200 per year parcel tax (page 30)
  • 26% support paying $600 per year to repair roads (page 33)
  • In an equivalent survey in Moraga, 58% supported a 1/2 cent sales tax (page 12) and 54% supported a full cent sales tax (page 7).

Past Election Results

  • June 2006 - Orinda's Measure Q - $59.1 bond measure for roads and fire hydrants - 64.4% yes
  • November 2007 - Orinda's Measure E - $58.6 bond measure for roads and fire hydrants - 63.6% yes
  • November 2011 - Lafayette's Measure G - $89 parcel tax for ten years - 57.6% yes

Orinda Road Facts

  • 18 percent of Orinda residents live on the 29 miles of "priority" roads (arterials, collectors, school routes).
  • 15 percent of Orinda residents live on 22 miles of private streets not supported by taxes.
  • 20 percent of Orinda residents live on 19 miles of residential streets rated in fair or better condition
  • 47 percent of Orinda residents live on 45 miles of residential streets rated in poor or failed condition