Alameda County voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to double their sales tax for transportation in a campaign being widely watched to gauge the public’s appetite for paying more taxes for roads, freeways and public transit.
Passage of Measure B1 by a two-thirds majority would make Alameda the first county in Northern California to boost its transportation sales tax to 1 cent. The current rate is a half-cent.
The tax would become permanent, too, unlike two previous half-cent taxes on Alameda County measures that had sunset dates… (more)
By Darwin BondGraham :eastbayexpress.com – excerpt
Environmentalists and community activists say that Measure B1 will help finance the rebirth of cities. The Bay Area’s transportation-infrastructure deficit is enormous. It’s felt most immediately in potholes, crowded roads, broken-down buses, and stranded passengers. While the exact sum of the under-funding is subject to interpretation, most parties agree that it’s in the range of many billions of dollars that are needed to maintain our roads, railways, bike lanes, and sidewalks. And that doesn’t count necessary investments in new and more efficient transit to replace crumbling infrastructure and disappearing services. The fact is, the Bay Area has infrastructure that is designed for a fraction of our current population, using dinosaur technologies that pollute far more than necessary. The crux of the problem isn’t technology, though, it’s money and politics…
The only downside to Measure B1 is that it’s a sales tax, one of the more regressive kinds of taxes… (More)