While the plan was approved, the 27-11 California state senate vote and 54-26 Assembly vote were the bare minimum required to receive approval. The Road and Repair Accountability Act of 2017 otherwise known as Senate Bill 1, will raise taxes on gasoline and fees for vehicles. With the estimated 52.4 billion dollars in additional tax revenue over the next decade, California will allocate resources to cities and counties to fund road repairs and developments to our roads and other transportation projects across the state. With cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco fighting to make progress on their Vision Zero initiatives, the additional funding will likely help close the gap for many underfunded public safety projects. But how badly is this going hurt the wallets of California residents?
The Gas Hike Details
The Road and Repair Accountability Act of 2017 will raise the California gas excise tax by 12 cents per gallon, increase the diesel excise tax by 20 cents and further increase the diesel sales tax by an additional 4 percent. If electric car owners thought they could fly under the radar on this tax hike, they will be sorely mistaken. Zero emission vehicles will also receive a 100-dollar annual fee as part of this legislation. Depending on your daily commute, these increases could have a significant impact on your everyday spending. While the city of Los Angeles is pushing for more people to commute via public transit, bicycle, walking, or some combination of the aforementioned, many of the working class are stuck commuting in their own vehicle simply due to the layout and development of the city. Electric vehicles and high efficiency vehicles will be even more of a necessity for long distance commuters to lessen the blow of the tax increase. Regardless of who may be affected most by the new law, many Californians will be glad to see potholes and other signs of failing infrastructure repaired.