One of the major functions of county government is to build and maintain a network of infrastructure facilities. The most common county infrastructure facilities include their network of local streets, roads, and bridges. Counties are also responsible for many water delivery systems, flood control channels, sewer systems, and reservoirs. In addition, some counties maintain a variety of recreational facilities such as lakes and parks.
Despite infrastructure being one of the key components of a county’s mission, rural county infrastructure needs have largely gone unmet. State and federal funding has been in steady decline over the years as existing funding sources have been retargeted to meet more urban and suburban (growing) region’s infrastructure needs, to the detriment of rural communities.
If California’s rural counties are to be a strong component of the state and federal economic portfolio, RCRC believes existing infrastructure funding must be retained and increased to meet the ever-growing demands across all regions of the State.