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One-cent regional sales tax for transit could be on 2020 ballot

Original post made on Aug 26, 2019

Bay Area voters may be asked to approve a one-cent sales tax in 2020 that would fund a wide array of transportation projects and improvements across the region.

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Posted by What?
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 26, 2019 at 6:42 am

Ahhhhhhhh, no....thank you! With all of the other taxes, I refuse to vote for another one!

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Danville
on Aug 26, 2019 at 10:14 am

I don't think so. We just had a huge gas tax shoved down our throats by Sacramento for transportation projects and upcoming toll bridge hikes among other things.14.5% max state income tax has upper income residents fleeing the state in droves with no one to take their place except the illegals pouring in paying zero taxes. This sheet has got to stop.

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Posted by Long Term Resident
a resident of Danville
on Aug 28, 2019 at 7:07 am

The obvious answer by politicians is to throw more money at issues. As a reminder, those of us in BART counties have been paying a 0.25% "temporary" sales tax supplement which was initiated in the late 1960's "until BART started operations and could fund itself". The tax is still in place and all it has done is help fund the salaries of some of the highest paid transit workers in the world. More recently, a $3.9 Billion BART bond was voted in a few years ago which was supposed to be used to improve infrastructure and buy new trains. I have seen very few new trains and no improvement to infrastructure. Instead, BART has allowed private companies to build parking structures on their property. The parking structure in Walnut Creek costs $18/day for parking. They are also in the process of building a transit hub in Walnut Creek which will remove more parking, but add more money to BART's coffers. Talk about mismanagement of funds!!

As for other infrastructure improvements, we voted in a 5 cent/gallon pothole tax in the 1970s and were promised that money would be used for road repairs. What a joke.

Lastly, what about how they have taken publicly funded freeway lanes, made them into high occupancy vehicle lanes, and turned them over to private operators to collect tolls? In a state which talks about equality I wish someone could explain how paying $5 to drive from Danville to Alamo is equality. Do they really think gardeners, plumbers, and other blue collar workers can afford to use the lanes? They pay taxes for the lanes, but can't even use them.

The bottom line is please don't keep feeding the beast with more money.

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