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.