The Solvang City Council approved a five-year list of projects tied to Measure A funding at its meeting Monday night.

The Measure A funds, collected through a 0.5 percent retail tax, were approved by Santa Barbara County voters a decade ago to help with maintenance and construction of roadways and bikeways.

Revenue directed to Solvang for fiscal year 2018-19 is estimated to be $376,753.

Listed projects include Second Street drainage improvements and sidewalk repair.

Public Works Director Matt van der Linden said the funds are used mainly for the maintenance of existing facilities rather than new development.

He also said the funds the city doesn’t spend one year can be carried over into the next.

This year, van der Linden said the city spent $150,000 less than it received, so that money will be carried over into the next fiscal year.

He said that's done intentionally to accumulate funds over time.

In addition to Measure A funds, Solvang got $3 million for circulation improvements along Mission Drive as part of a regional projects section.

The regional project funds are earmarked for widening the bike path on Mission Drive and replacing the Highway 246 bridge. Those projects are five years out, according to city documents.

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The bikeway widening helped assuage Councilwoman Karen Waite’s concerns that there weren’t any bike path projects listed in the Measure A project list.

“We see areas where there’s absolutely no proposed funding for those areas that would be appropriate for me to bring up during our budget hearing or now,” she said.

After his presentation, van der Linden recommended that the council hold a public hearing.

There were no public comments.

Councilman Ryan Toussaint made a motion to approve the resolution to adopt the Measure A five-year local program of projects. Mayor Jim Richardson seconded.

The motion passed unanimously.

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