San Jose city council considers bond to pave way for better roads and bridges

- The San Jose City Council plans to vote Tuesday on putting a bond measure on the November ballot, which if approved, would pave the way for better roads and bridges. 

This is the first time the city is placing a bond measure before voters since the year of 2002. All of the years without additional funding for the roads and bridges has led those items to be of repair. 

If the ballot is passed, the funding would not only repair what’s deemed the worst roads and bridges but it would also provide funding for urgent infrastructure repair. The measure will also fund services for the homeless and upgrades for the 911 system.

According to Mayor Sam Liccardo, the city uses a ranking system similar to other metropolitan areas to determine what meets the worst list and what needs to be repaired first. He defends the bond request, calling it an urgent need. 

He stated, “We need two-thirds of the voters”because there is a lot of work to be done."

A simple majority on the council is needed to pass the measure, and as the mayor said it then goes to the voters on Nov. 6, where two-thirds of voters will have support the bond measure. 

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