ORINDA -- City leaders on Tuesday will consider placing a $19.8 million general obligation bond measure before voters June 3 to help fund repairs of the city's infamously bad roads.
Should the Orinda council decide to move forward this week with the bond measure, its final authorization would come March 4, said city clerk Michele Olsen.
If approved by a two-thirds majority in June, the bond would require voters to pay an annual tax based on assessed property value. Starting in 2015, the city would then spend $4.95 million annually over four years on road and storm drain repair and reconstruction as part of a 10-year road and drain repair plan approved by the council in 2012.
But before considering the bond measure, the council plans on Tuesday to review an update to that 10-year plan laying out how the city would like to fund road and storm drain repairs. The plan originally called for voters to pass a half-cent sales tax measure in 2012; a $19.8 million bond or parcel tax measure in 2016 and another $19.8 million bond or parcel tax in 2020. The final step of the plan asked for voters to approve in 2022 an extension of the half-cent sales tax to maintain the roads and storm drains.
The updated plan bumps up the second bond, parcel tax or other revenue measure to 2018; the sales tax extension would still go before voters in 2022. The plan also shows an increase in projected revenue from the sales tax measure passed by voters in 2012. Officials estimate that tax will bring in close to $1 million annually before it sunsets.
The city created the multiphase plan to address what officials say is $52 million of repairs needed to bring Orinda's 92.5 miles of streets and storm drains up to "good" condition as defined by an industry standard "pavement condition index."
Orinda's road network -- including arterial, collector and residential roads -- was rated by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission as having an overall PCI of 50 in 2012, with residential roads rating 38, or "poor," the lowest ratings in Contra Costa County.
The city budgeted $389,704 in gas tax revenue and $204,746 in Measure J "return to source" funds this year toward road and drain repairs. It also budgeted $790,000 of Measure L sales tax funds for repairs. According to a 2012 consultants report, the city needs to spend $2.5 million annually just to maintain its current overall PCI.
Charles Swanson, Orinda's director of public works and engineering services, said the city puts all gas tax and Measure J funds it receives toward road and drain repairs, of which a couple thousand dollars "ends up in maintenance."
What: Orinda City Council meeting
When: 7 p.m. Feb. 18
Where: Orinda library auditorium, 26 Orinda Way
Contact: 925-253-4200, www.cityoforinda.org