$15.5 million dollars is allocated in Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget to build a new office for the state Department of Motor Vehicles in Santa Maria.
The current facility at 533 S. McClelland St. was built in 1969 and is considered out of date, overcrowded and unable to keep up with the demands of the growing city.
The budget still needs approval from both houses of the State Legislature. The Santa Maria DMV would be funded over four years, starting with $2.6 million in the new 2015 budget cycle.
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson had requested funding from the governor and was pleased with the allocation.
“The current DMV office is completely inadequate to serve a community the size of Santa Maria. A new office is long overdue. I will keep a close eye on this funding to ensure it remains in the final budget that the Legislature passes in June,” Jackson said.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story identified Hannah-Beth Jackson as an Assemblywoman. She is a State Senator.