DUE TOMORROW: SB 1 Local Streets and Roads Funding 
Draft Reporting Guidelines
 
Last month, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) distributed their DRAFT  Local Streets and Roads Funding Reporting Guidelines, here. Tomorrow, July 14th, will be the last day for cities to return comments, concerns and feedback to the CTC for review at their July 18th public meeting in Sacramento. Cities can turn in their comments directly to CTC's, Laura PennebakerThese guidelines will determine how  Senate Bill 1 funds will be allocated to the eligible transportation projects for each city. 

SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act, was signed by the Governor in May and has made funds available to be used towards local and state road repairs, including a 50 percent allocation of the $52.4 billion 10-year investment to fixing local streets and transportation infrastructure. Also included is $2 billion to support local "self-help" communities, like the County of Orange. 

The Draft Guidelines include the deadlines and approval dates listed below, and extracted here, for your review

Draft Guidelines Circulated for Public Review.............................June 19 - July 10, 2017
 
Commission Adoption of Guidelines.............................................August 16 - 17, 2017
 
Call for Project Lists........................................................................August 18, 2017
 
Project Lists due to Commission...................................................September 15, 2017
 
Commission Adopts List of Eligible Cities & Counties................October 18 - 19, 2017
 
Commission Submits List to Controller.........................................November 1, 2017

The following is a list of guidelines of primary interest to cities, when reviewing the document. These specific reporting and accountability responsibilities will determine what city projects are eligible for funding through the Road Maintenance & Rehabilitation Account (RMRA) fund:
  • Prior to receiving an apportionment of RMRA funds from the Controller in a fiscal year, a city or county must submit to the Commission a list of projects proposed to be funded with these funds. All projects proposed to receive funding must be included in a city or county budget that is adopted by the applicable city council or county board of supervisors at a regular public meeting.
  • The list of projects must include a description and the location of each proposed project, a proposed schedule for the project's completion, and the estimated useful life of the improvement. The project list does not limit the flexibility of an eligible city or county to fund projects in accordance with local needs and priorities so long as the projects are consistent with RMRA priorities.
  • The Commission will report to the Controller the cities and counties that have submitted a list of projects. The Controller, upon receipt of the report from the Commission, shall apportion RMRA funds to eligible cities and counties.
  • For each fiscal year in which RMRA funds are received and expended, cities and counties must submit documentation to the Commission that includes a description and location of each completed project, the amount of funds expended on the project, the completion date, and the estimated useful life of the improvement. 
  • A city or county receiving an apportionment of RMRA funds is required to sustain a maintenance of effort (MOE) by spending at least the annual average of its general fund expenditures during the 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12 fiscal years for street, road, and highway purposes from the city's or county's general fund. Monitoring and enforcement of the maintenance of effort requirement for RMRA funds will be carried out by the Controller.
  • By July 1, 2023, cities and counties receiving RMRA funds must follow guidelines developed by the California Workforce Development Board (Board) that address participation and investment in, or partnership with, new or existing pre-apprenticeship training programs.
Additionally, ACC-OC will be hosting a  Transportation Forum, July 20th with California Transporta tion Commission, Executive Director, Susan Bransen. She will provide an overview on the DRAFT Guidelines, more information on funding opportunities available for cities, and the SB 1 adoption process. You can register for this event  here

We will continue to analyze the effects and development of these DRAFT Guidelines on cities.  Should you have any questions please contact ACC-OC's L egislative Affairs Director, Diana Coronado at dcoronado@accoc.org   or at (714) 953-1300. 

View DRAFT Guidelines, here .
View SB 1 language, here.
View Meeting Information for July 18th, here
View Transportation Forum, July 20th, here