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Funding California’s Roads
 

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California initially financed its state highway system through a series of bond issues approved by voters in 1909, 1915, and 1919. One of the bonds from the 1919 issue is shown below. As auto traffic increased, however, it became apparent that even greater expenditures would be needed. In 1923, the State Legislature imposed the first gasoline tax of two cents per gallon, using the proceeds for construction and maintenance of both state and county roads.

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Bond of the State of California under the State Highways Constitutional Amendment of 1919. Ephemera Collection, California State Archives.

Bond of the State of California under the State Highways Constitutional Amendment of 1919.

Ephemera Collection, California State Archives.



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