County weighs plan to accelerate road repairs

Sonoma County's crumbling roads, among the worst in the state, are finally set to get some more attention.

A pair of county supervisors released the first draft of a long-awaited plan to repair more than half of the 1,382-mile county road network within a decade.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to discuss the plan Tuesday, with time set aside for public comment. Over the next month, the county is looking to craft a final plan that includes a way to pay for the backlog of repairs, now pegged at $268 million.

Potential funding sources include more spending from the county's general fund, financing strategies such as selling bonds and a potential quarter- or half-cent sales tax, said David Rabbitt, chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

"It's really about cobbling together different sources of funds," said Rabbitt, who, along with Supervisor Mike McGuire, made up the ad hoc committee studying the issue.

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