A new survey by non partisan reform group California Forward says that a majority of Californians are willing to pay certain increased fees and taxes if the money is put to use rebuilding our state’s vital infrastructure. At the top of the infrastructure priorities list were schools, followed by streets and roads, water and transportation.
As engineers we are often called upon to advise on infrastructure programs in other states and countries and so we know the value of having a properly supported infrastructure program. But it’s good to know that taxpayers are willing to support that investment.
One part of the survey overlooked by some media: survey respondents most often cited wasteful spending and the need for wiser usage of existing monies as the reason for their response to infrastructure funding options.