I don’t think there is much of an argument about the state of some roads in Tacoma. Driving around the potholes can be a dodgy situation. As a resident of Gig Harbor, the low quality of some streets in Tacoma really stands out to me. The toll charged for crossing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge could be a solution for the future.
First and foremost, the toll should be dedicated to paying for the bonds issued to finance the construction of the second bridge. Once the bonds are paid, however, the toll should remain in some fashion and the revenue should be shared regionally. A small toll on vehicles, possibly less than $1, should generate enough revenue to pay for the tolling services and the annual maintenance on both bridges (including painting,) while still generating extra revenue that could be given to regional cities for street budgets.
The dollars could be granted on a matching basis with a set floor. This would prevent the cities from relying entirely on revenue sharing while still increasing maintenance budgets. Better maintained streets are good for consumers and businesses, and the toll’s impact would be more visible to regional residents than road repairs from gasoline taxes.