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Sonoma County Votes to KEEP out potholes, ruts, bumps and more

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Sonoma County Votes to KEEP out potholes, ruts, bumps and more

By Vesta Copestakes

Sonoma County residents who voted decided that they just don't trust our local government with their money that was to be used to fix our roads. They chose to keep the potholes and lumpy, bumpy patches they have been complaining about. They decided that paying for car repairs was better than paying a 1/4 cent sales tax. Personally, I am disappointed.

I thought it was a great idea to share the expense of road repair with every person who travels though our home as well as those who live here. I love my auto mechanic but I'd still rather not take money out of my pocket and put it into his because roads are so poor.

Is dis-trust of our supervisors so intense that people would rather continue with bad roads instead of trust the supervisors with their money?

 


 

Here is how SOSRoads responded to the news that Measure A was defeated:

SOSroads is Disappointed That Measure A Failed

SOSroads is dismayed that voters did not approve Measure A, which would have provided about $20 million per year for the next five years to fix the roads and streets in this county. 

During the campaign no one disputed the dire condition of Sonoma County’s streets and roads, or that delay would escalate the costs of fixing them. We now remain at status quo, with no additional revenue to solve this problem.

SOSroads will continue to advocate for streets and roads to be at the top of the list of spending priorities for both the county and cities. 

We call on the supervisors and city councils to maintain our basic infrastructure and not allow it to take a back seat to other spending priorities. Measure A did not fail because voters are unconcerned about the condition of their streets and roads.

We urge you to contact your supervisor (and city councils if you live in a city) and emphasize that streets and roads are important to you. The worst message that might be received is that this is an issue that is not that important.  

We understand the concerns expressed by many voters that public funds have not been spent wisely. A large number of citizens apparently have little no faith in their elected officials, whether local, state or federal. The voters seemingly refused to approve additional funds because they were not convinced the revenue would actually be spent on streets and roads.  

Public trust will not be regained in Sonoma County unless the supervisors and city councils do more to reform public employee pensions, salaries and benefits. During the campaign we said it would be fiscally irresponsible to wait for pension reform before fixing our roads. By the same token, it would be fiscally irresponsible to defer additional pension reform. 

What's Next?   

SOSroads worked hard for passage of Measure A. We were confident that the $20 million per year in new revenue would be used to fix our streets and roads. However the voters thought differently. 

No new revenue will be available for street and road repair in the foreseeable future. Therefore, it will be up to SOSroads members and concerned citizens to make their voices heard by the supervisors and city councils. 

SOSroads encourages those concerned to join with SOSroads to write letters, meet with supervisors and council members, attend board and council meetings and stay informed on local government issues. 

In the coming months, SOSroads will propose an action plan for seeing that roads are a true priority for our elected officials. We welcome your input and help in the future.  

Please send us your comments and suggestions at admin@sosroads.org

We thank all the SOSroads supporters who wrote letters and generously donated money for the campaign. 

Make your voice heard

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

575 Administration Drive, Rm 100A

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Telephone: 707-565-2241

Fax: 707-565-3778

 

1st District:

Susan Gorin

Susan.Gorin@sonoma-county.org

 

2nd District:

David Rabbitt

David.Rabbitt@sonoma-county.org

 

3rd District:

Shirlee Zane

Shirlee.Zane@sonoma-county.org

 

4th District:

James Gore

James.Gore@sonoma-county.org

 

5th District:

Efren Carrillo

Efren.Carrillo@sonoma-county.org

 

Please send a copy of your letter to admin@sosroads.org.