Repair money on road to Tahoe
The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors decided March 20 not to contest Measure H.
The board initially opposed the measure because it allocates half of county vehicle licensing fees to road repair. Before the passage of Measure H, all vehicle licensing fees went to the county general fund where the board of supervisors had control over where the money would be spent.
Second District Supervisor Helen Baumann, who brought the Measure H issue to the agenda last week, said opposition waned because the Board of Supervisors felt the wishes of the voters should be respected.
“My rationale when I wrote the agenda item was that the people spoke very clearly that the roads in El Dorado County were in bad shape,” Baumann said. “I had no intention of seeing that pushed any further into litigation.”
Board members have acknowledged the state of disrepair of the roads in El Dorado County and especially in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Baumann said the board will be holding meetings throughout the county to ask the people where they think the roads need the most work.
“We are setting up meetings county-wide,” Baumann said. “Each district is having several workshops. The one for the Meyers area is going to be April 26. The board is very interested in hearing what the people in the area feel are the priorities in the roads.”
The board’s action March 20 ensured that Measure H money will be available to help fund road work this summer. One of the recommendations put forward by Supervisor Baumann was to establish an account specifically for Measure H funds.
“I wanted to make sure that the money from Measure H was put aside,” Baumann said. “It will be used for roads this summer.”
There will be about $1.5 million of Measure H funds available for road work this year. The board has already budgeted $12.7 million from the general fund for road repairs in El Dorado County this year.
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