Members of the Los Angeles City Council are reaching out to the community to hear their input on a proposed property tax that would help repair the City’s streets. Recent surveys and studies have found them to be in the worst shape of any major city in the nation.

Saying that the streets have been neglected for years and years, the Council will decide whether or not to place a measure on the November 2014 that would increase the average property tax bill by $121 per year for 29 years. That money – about $3 billion – would go to tear up and repave major parts of Los Angeles’ road infrastructure.

Mayor Villaraigosa attempted patchwork repairs, filling some 800,000 potholes in two years. However, wholesale repair and maintenance is required to ensure drivers avoid an estimated $746 per year in automotive expenses due to deteriorating road conditions.

Read the full story at NBC Los Angeles.