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Revised City and County Transportation Estimates Now Available

May 17, 2019
In tandem with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s FY 2019–20 May Revise, the California Department of Finance (DOF) released updated revenues estimates, which include state and local transportation funds.
 
As a result, the California Local Government Finance Almanac recently updated its estimates of individual city and county local streets and roads allocations for the current FY 2018–19 year and for FY 2019–20. These estimates are valid for budgeting purposes.
 
The new Highway Users Tax Account (HUTA) revenue estimates for the current FY 2018–19 year are nearly unchanged overall from the January estimates. HUTA revenues are estimated to grow about 1.6 percent from the prior year (FY 2017–18). The latest Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account (RMRA) estimates are just 0.2 percent lower than those released in January. The FY 2018–19 year is the first full year of RMRA revenues and they are estimated to grow by 173 percent over the prior year.
 
For the FY 2019–20 budget year, HUTA revenues are estimated to increase 24 percent due primarily to the scheduled 5.6 cent increase in the gas tax rate on July 1. RMRA revenues are estimated to grow 4.4 percent in FY 2019–20 over prior year. Each individual agency’s allocations may vary somewhat from these average growth rates due to changes in population relative to the rest of the state. The May Revise estimates for FY 2019–20 differ only slightly ( - 0.1 percent in total) from January estimates.


 
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