San Jose voters face several difficult and contentious decisions tomorrow—this is not one of them. Measure B will create a $10-per-vehicle annual fee to repair San Jose’s neighborhood streets and thoroughfares. The countywide initiative would provide $14 million per year, every year, to transportation Authority—more than $5 million to San Jose.
Two simple reasons to approve this measure:
• Fixing our roads now will cost a lot less than if we allow them to further deteriorate. It will cost around $100,000 per mile to repair San Jose’s roads in the next couple of years; if we wait, that number skyrockets to almost $1 million per mile or more.
• Our bad roads already cost us money. According to a study commissioned by city staff, the average San Jose driver spends $300 per year more on auto repair than the national average; part of that is likely the result of potholes.
A “yes” vote on Measure B is a smart answer to the question: “Pay me now or pay me later?”