The Gas Tax is Flat Lining

Strong Economies need Good Roads

The gas tax is flatlining.  

The California State Association of Counties developed this chart that demonstrates why our streets and roads are in such bad shape.  The gas tax--the primary source of funding to maintain roads and fix potholes--is just not keeping pace. 

Since the last time the gas tax was raised in 1994:

  • The cost of road construction has doubled
  • Inflation is up over 60%
  • California added 7,836,943 more people
  • We increased the number of miles we drive by 57.4 billion miles per year

And this graph does not chart another important factor: the increase in fuel efficiency.  Cars are now driving about 25% more miles for each gallon of gasoline, giving an effective break (based on miles traveled) to taxpayers.

This graph was unveiled today (January 18) at a press conference held by the Fix Our Roads Coalition where local officials up and down the state, from urban to rural, coastal to inland, all called for a legislative solution to the crisis.   

CALCOG, along with the League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties, Self Help Counties Coalition, and industry partners all expressed support for AB 1 and SB 1 and cited with favor the work done by the Governor.  But now its time to pass a comprehensive transportation funding solution.

Posted by Bill Higgins on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | ©

Graph by CSAC. Photo taken at the Fix Our Roads Press Conference by CALCOG