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Atascadero’s Roads and the

New Sales Tax Measure - 

Where We Are Today

The really great news is that the first road repair projects to be funded by the measure are already underway! We arequickly moving ahead with two small road improvement projects on Alamo and Honda Avenues, and we are very pleased to begin the first of these road improvement projects in Atascadero.   

In 2014, Atascadero voters approved a ballot measure which authorized the City to increase its sales tax rate by ½ percent for a term of 12 years, together with a measure advising that the funds be primarily utilized for road maintenance projects.

The measure calls for a Sales Tax Oversight Committee which is comprised of nine members. Committee formation began with a meeting of interested community groups who decided to appoint the Chamber of Commerce as a Standing Member with a term of 12 years; the Chamber will appoint one person from their membership to the Committee.  

A random drawing was then conducted from among the list of all of the community groups that had submitted a notice of interest. The names of the groups were pulled “from a hat” and six local community group names were selected; each will appoint one individual from among their membership to the Committee. Those groups randomly drawn were Quota International, Atascadero Kiwanis, Atascadero Veterans Memorial Foundation, Atascadero Association of Realtors, Friends of the Atascadero Library, and the Atascadero Moose Lodge #2067.

The last two “at-large” members of the Committee were appointed by the City Council. Those members are Michael Shaw and Chuck Ward.  

After reviewing the options available for pavement management, the City Council selected the “Critical Point” pavement management system which focuses on preventing streets from deteriorating into conditions that would then require more expensive maintenance and improvements. Engineers have been performing a thorough evaluation to develop a list of road repairs that will maximize the funds available to keep our roadways at the highest pavement condition possible.

Detailed information about how road projects are prioritized can be found in the staff report presented to the council at their March 10, 2015 meeting. The “Pavement Assessment Study” report can be found on the City’s website under Item #C2 of the Council Agenda Packet. here

We will provide educational opportunities to the public regarding our pavement management program as we move forward.  



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