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Repairing Streets and Roads in South Lake Tahoe

Paving the Way Forward
An Update from the City of South Lake Tahoe

Local Roads Need Improvements

In South Lake Tahoe, we are fortunate to live in a community with a rich history of beautiful natural surroundings, outstanding recreation opportunities, thriving businesses and safe neighborhoods.

Our community is one of the most beautiful places in the world, but our local roads and streets are decades old and have fallen into disrepair. South Lake Tahoe’s roads need significant updates to fix underlying structural conditions, potholes and cracks that present safety concerns for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. The City is now exploring options for improving our core infrastructure to meet modern standards.

Notice to Voters Mailer
Improving Local Streets and Roads in South Lake Tahoe Presentation
Results of Community Survey, May 2, 2017 City Council Meeting
Resolution No 2017-49, Oversight Committee, Adopted June 20, 2017
Ordinance No 1110, Road Maintenance and Repair Transactions and Use Tax, Adopted June 20, 2017

Aging Roads Do Not Meet Modern Standards and Require Repairs

Most of South Lake Tahoe’s roads were already paved at the time of the City’s incorporation and were constructed on top of old dirt roads without an appropriate base layer or drainage. These roads will continue to degrade and require expensive maintenance until they are improved. These repairs will allow our roads to withstand the Alpine environment and traffic volume in our city and serve our community for years to come.

Local Funding for Pothole Repair and Road Maintenance
To improve the safety and quality of local streets and roads in South Lake Tahoe, the City Council voted to place a Road Improvement Measure on the November 2017 ballot. This measure would increase the local sales tax paid by residents, second homeowners and visitors by one-half percent to fund local road improvements.

The City Council is recommending this measure as a dedicated special tax. This means, by law, funds could ONLY be used to improve local streets and roads.

The Potential Road Improvement Measure Would:

  • Fix potholes and pave, maintain and repair local streets and roads, which would be the primary focus of funding
  • Improve roadway safety for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists by making essential road repairs
  • Provide safe routes to schools for local school children who walk or bike to school
  • Repair roads to ensure ambulances, fire trucks, police cars and other emergency vehicles can respond to emergencies quickly and safely
  • Reduce fine sediment that enters Lake Tahoe by improving roadways, which improves lake clarity and water quality

Local Control for Local Road Repairs
  • A Roads Management Authority (RMA) would manage all funds and projects funded by this measure
  • A potential measure would cost just 50 cents for every $100 purchased and, like other sales taxes, essential items and services like groceries and medicine would be exempt
  • A large portion of the revenue from this measure would be generated by tourists and other visitors to South Lake Tahoe, allowing them to help pay for their impact on our roads
  • Accountability protections would include a Citizens’ Oversight Committee and independent audits to ensure that funds are spent as required by law — for roadway construction, repair and maintenance
  • By law, funding could not be taken away by the State or used for other purposes by the City, now or in the future