San Diego neighborhood wants to pay more taxes to fix roads

Posted at 5:44 AM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 10:30:40-04

The upcoming gas tax increase is supposed to go to fixing the roads, but one local neighborhood says it won't be enough.

The residents there just voted to have the county tax them $1,400 a year for the next ten years to fix the crumbling streets around their homes.

April Kellerman, who lives in the North Escondido neighborhood with her husband and four kids, says it's money well spent. 

"They want to ride scooters and bikes and roller skate, and the roads are just not well prepared for that," she said. "We don't want any bad injuries, so they really need to get fixed."

The Kellermans' neighborhood, just east of the 15, is actually in the unincorporated county. It's one of nearly 70 districts that maintain their own roads. The neighborhood had little money to do it, so those who live in area voted with about 75 percent in favor to increase their property taxes to fix the roads. 

A spokeswoman for the county says the neighbors didn't have to go through the county for the road repair, but chose to. She says residents can also form their own districts.

The vote required a two-thirds majority. The County Board of Supervisors will accept the vote at its meeting Wednesday.