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2 county officials seek more money, tax hike to fix roads

Two Sonoma County supervisors have proposed temporarily doubling the county's contribution to rural road upkeep and some type of tax increase to boost long-term road funding.

Without an additional, dedicated source of money for county roads, a maintenance backlog that public works officials have described as "staggering" will continue to grow, Supervisors Shirlee Zane and David Rabbitt said.

Their message is contained in a 31-page report being delivered Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors.

Already the problem is so bad that 53 percent of county roads need reconstruction at an estimated cost of $926 million over the next 10 years, the report stated. That is nearly three quarters of the county's annual overall budget.

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