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Alameda County Transportation Tax Increase, Extension, on Ballot in November

In addition to Measure C in June, and a State of California Sales Tax Increase in November, voters in Alameda and environs will also have a chance to vote in November on a transportation tax increase sponsored by the Alameda County Transportation Commission.

The measure would double the Alameda County “Measure B” half-cent sales tax for transportation to one full cent, and extend the new, higher tax rate, through 2022 into perpetuity.

The commission says that the tax will raise $7.7 billion in transportation funding in the first thirty years, and that voters will have a chance to review the expenditure plan for the money at least once prior to 2043, and every 20 years after that.

The plan includes $9 million for an Alameda to Fruitvale BART rapid bus service, $1.5 billion for allocation to cities for local street improvements, and roughly $100 million for improvements to Interstate 880 interchange improvements in the vicinity of Alameda.

Overall, public transit and specialized transit has been allocated 48 percent of the funds, local streets and roads 30 percent, 9 percent to highway efficiency, freight and economic development, and 8 percent to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

5 comments to Alameda County Transportation Tax Increase, Extension, on Ballot in November

  • Liz Williams

    I don’t understand: Does this mean we are already paying a 1/2-cent transportation tax that was set to expire in 2022 and passing this measure increase that tax to 1-cent with no expiration date?

    If so, that means sales tax in Alameda could end up at 10.25%!

    It’s 8.75 now, and there are three proposed measures to increase sales tax by a half-cent each: The city’s Measure C on the June ballot, the county’s transportation tax and the State’s tax increase which will both be on the November ballot. No wonder the city tried to jam this through without proper notice, the requisite number of Council meetings or adequate time for a response.

    Measure C is the only tax we can defeat locally. The others are out of our hands.

  • >>Does this mean we are already paying a 1/2-cent transportation tax that was set to expire in 2022 and passing this measure increase that tax to 1-cent with no expiration date?

    That’s exactly what it means.

  • cg

    Something else that doesn’t make sense: The City has this multi-million dollar General Fund deficit; yet on the other hand, Alameda’s own Dept of Public Works keeps applying for & getting millions of dollars [adding them up] in Federal grants earmarked for “Safe Routes 2 [fill in the blank=Transit, Schools]” which Alameda neighborhoods either don’t want or don’t need & certainly don’t seem to be consulted about! The most recent SR2S & SR2T projects were snuck in for unanimous approval by our City Council on the Consent Calendars in July & September 2011 [last summmer]by a City Manager [which one? Russo's name is on the memos, but is he really to blame?]

  • KZ

    A big “NO” from me on any tax increases. I have no idea what the city does with the money now. Look at the streets, etc.

  • cg

    @KZ:At Grand & Encinal, there is a crosswalk [& a stop light} A month ago, to make it more visible, Public Works painted in a row of extra stripes perpendicular to the 1st two. Last week they actually put up new permanent big signs POINTING to the crosswalks from up on the light poles! How do they justify this ugly expense? I have lived on the block over 50 years & do not recall any new pedestrian accidents in the past several years. Meanwhile, CCTV cameras & big ugly Electric signs are coming soon to the Webster Street corridor! Watch the Transportation Commission meetings for details. Apparently, these eyesores can completely bypass the Planning Board, in Public Works discretion.

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