I pay my taxes, why can't the City fully fund street light replacements?

It would take the City approximately 20 to 30 years to fund replacements to the malfunctioning parts of the system. Street light maintenance is funded through gas and sale tax; however, there is not enough tax revenue generated to fund all of the roadway, storm drain, and other capital needs simultaneously. Basically, the City has $2 to spend with $20 worth of needs.


In short, revenue is not keeping pace with the cost of inflation and other increasing operational costs (e.g., fuel, energy, health care, etc.). As the largest city in the County, with a limited residential tax base, funding direct services has in recent years received greater priority than funding capital investments. It continues to be a challenge for many cities in the state, including Daly City, to fund significant capital needs without increasing taxes.

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1. What areas are most affected by street light outages?
2. How long has this been a problem?
3. Is the City turning off the street lights to save money?
4. What are the side effects of street light outages?
5. How frequently do street lights fail?
6. How long do the street lights stay off?
7. How does street light outages impact residents?
8. Why would street light outages impact businesses?
9. Why can't Daly City or PG&E resolve this problem?
10. I pay my taxes, why can't the City fully fund street light replacements?
11. What are the options to repair the street lights?
12. What is an assessment district?
13. How much will a street light conversion cost?
14. How much will a property owner potentially have to pay?
15. How are funds collected?
16. Where can I find more information about assessment districts?
17. What causes the street light outages?
18. Why are street lights so difficult to repair?
19. What are the possible solutions to the street light outages?
20. Where are regular street light outages happening?