Orinda has 123 miles of roads; 93 miles are maintained with public tax dollars but 30 miles are forced to support themselves through donations from the residents living on them. Everyone in Orinda, those living on publicly supported roads and those who do not, pay the same taxes.
Starting in 2012 new taxes supporting the public roads were imposed. They now add up to $4 million a year including a half cent sales tax and the repayment of $45 million in road bonds. The City is now proposing the sales tax be doubled, for the next 20 years, adding another $1.2 million to the cost.
This website describes Orinda’s bifurcated road system with an Overview and details on the Three Parts of the System. It then goes into detail as to how those living on what are euphemistically called “Private” Streets are supporting those living on the public streets.
There is also a description of the expanded and extended Sales Tax which will be placed on the November 2020 ballot.
Finally, there is a Letter of Support we hope you will consider signing, asking the Orinda City Council to rectify the inequity of two classes of Orinda citizens: Those who receive as a basic service, public road maintenance up to the driveway of their private residence and Those-Who-Do-Not.