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A history of success

Roads are essential to the health of our economy and quality of life. They transport goods and get us to work, school, entertainment, shopping, and visits with family and friends. Washington County has a history of being proactive on transportation funding issues. The Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP) and Transportation Development Tax (TDT) are two notable examples. Through these programs, taxpayers and developers have invested more than $800 million since 1986 to improve our countywide transportation system.

It is critical that we maintain that investment. If roads are allowed to deteriorate significantly, costly repair or reconstruction is needed. But how do we make sure our roads are maintained now so they will not cost more in the future?

The Challenge

Recent surveys indicate a majority of Washington County residents rank road system maintenance as a high or very high transportation priority. Washington County maintains 1, 300 centerline miles of roads (approximately 3, 000 lane miles). You've probably seen a road in need of maintenance and wondered why it hasn't been addressed.

Bad RoadWe strive to be efficient and effective with our road maintenance funds, but we face a double challenge: material costs are escalating rapidly while people are driving less and switching to more fuel efficient vehicles. As a result, current gas taxes are not enough to pay for all current maintenance needs.

We can't afford to fall behind

The condition of our roads is deteriorating and our list of deferred maintenance needs is currently more than $10.5 million and growing. Over the past 10 years, the average pavement condition rating of the county road system has dropped more than 10 points (on a scale of 0-100). It is projected to decline another 10 points over the next decade with current funding sources.

Cost-effective preventive maintenance avoids costly future repairs. Fixing roads after they've deteriorated can cost 5 to 10 times as much as preventive maintenance. Treating roads at the right time saves taxpayers money over the long term—potentially tens of millions of dollars over the next 20 to 30 years.

What's the solution?

County and city officials have proposed a countywide vehicle registration fee with funds dedicated to maintaining and improving existing roads. Implementing the fee will support timely preventive maintenance of existing roads—avoiding higher costs to repair them in the future.

Washington County voters will have the opportunity to help decide this important issue at the November 4, 2014 election-Ballot Measure 34-221.

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