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.