In order to address backlogged County infrastructure, County Staff has continued working toward a discretionary local government infrastructure surtax for the upcoming November ballot. The proceeds of such tax would finance the renewal and replacement (R&R) of existing capital investments including roadway surfaces, bridges, drainage improvements, canals, park amenities and government buildings; all of which were deferred during the recent recession and remain outstanding.
At the same time these funds would allow for previously planned public safety initiatives and equipment as well as other appreciable public facilities to be advanced without impacting the routine capital maintenance practices and other strategic facility investments that are made financially feasible through existing tax collections. The Board authorized staff to review spending and the process to prepare a project needs list and those reports are now complete. In addition, staff has prepared a list of backlogged projects that need to be addressed.