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Potholes. Congestion. Pollution. Danger.

Everyone who drives a car, rides a bus or train, walks, or bicycles knows the reality of getting around in Sacramento County. We need a common-sense approach to fixing these problems. We voters are already paying a special sales tax that we were told would improve things, so why are we being asked to support a new tax, a double tax, that continues the same-old, same-old failed policies?

BALLOT ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE B

Everyone agrees that Sacramento County needs better roads and transit. But Measure B isn’t a comprehensive transportation plan for addressing our transportation needs.  Instead, it’s a patch-work scheme developed by politicians and their cronies that will lead to more congestion and will fund the wrong kind of transit spending, while imposing higher taxes on vulnerable low and middle-income families. Measure B would double the Measure A sales tax – raising it to a full 1% – while increasing our overall sales tax to 8.5% (county) and 9% (Sacramento city).

This $3.6 billion, 30-year sales tax hike would fund ill-conceived expansions of light rail to far flung, less dense, less walkable areas. A $1 billion expansion of light rail to the airport would add a few new customers.  But it won’t deliver what transit customers want and need: frequent, fast service and more accessible stations.

The tax hike is also expected to fund an unneeded $195 million streetcar line in Downtown Sacramento – even though local voters overwhelming rejected a proposal to fund the streetcar just last year.  A nationally recognized transit expert calls the streetcar “largely an amusement ride for tourists.”  Who wants it?  Politically connected Downtown and West Sacramento developers – who want you to subsidize their projects.

Typical county households experienced a 12% drop in real income since 2007, according to U.S. Census data.  Nevertheless, politicians want hard-pressed Sacramentans to double the current Measure A tax from ½% to a full 1%.  They don’t mention that the current Measure A tax is already generating more revenue each year for transportation spending.

Send a strong message to the politicians: stop corporate welfare and come up with a smarter, fairer, less expensive plan to fix our roads and meet our transit needs.   Don’t double the tax.  Vote NO on Measure B.

Craig Powell, President
Eye on Sacramento

Debra Desrosiers, Executive Director
Sacramento Taxpayers Association

Gregory L. Thompson, Professor of Urban Planning (Emeritus)
Florida State University

Elizabeth A. Weiland, Land Use Chair & Board Member
Save the American River Association

Walter Seifert, Past Executive Director
Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates

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