Rough Paso Robles road could be fixed under proposed sales tax measure

Posted at 5:28 PM, Aug 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 12:53:32-04

Jardine Road, an area of concern for many Paso Robles residents, could be fixed if a city sales tax measure passes this November.

Residents along the rural road say a one-mile stretch of Jardine between Beacon and Tower roads has been riddled with potholes for decades and it’s become dangerous. The county has even erected signs warning drivers of the "rough road" ahead.

In June, city officials told KSBY it would cost about $1.5 million to fix the road and the city just doesn’t have the funds right now.

City public works officials now say Jardine Road is on a list of roads that would be fixed if Paso Robles voters pass a half-cent sales tax measure in the upcoming general election.

If passed, the measure would raise the sales tax in Paso Robles from 7.75 percent to 8.25 percent. A second measure would let voters decide whether the funds would go primarily to street repairs. City officials estimate the increased sales tax would generate up to $5 million per year.

At the second city council meeting in September, public works officials will present a draft plan that includes all of the roads that would be fixed with the sales tax money.

The sales tax increase would expire after six years.

The measure requires a simple majority to pass. Election Day is Nov. 6, 2018.