Another Transportation Tax Plan Is In The Works

Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski authors a bill that would allow Alameda County to put another transportation tax on the ballot.

Another transportation tax may be headed to the Alameda County ballot.

State Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) has introduced legislation that would allow the county to seek voter approval for a transportation sales tax measure to fund infrastructure projects.

If AB 210 is approved, the county would have until Jan. 1, 2017 to place the measure on the ballot. It would restrict the sales tax increase to 0.5 percent.

Last November, just missing the two-thirds majority needed for approval. That proposal would have raised money for transportation projects.

“The result of Measure B1 not only shows that the voters understand how important it is to invest in our infrastructure, but that a strong majority supports doing so,” Wieckowski said.  “The transportation demands of the county are not going to disappear. We must build an environmentally sustainable, multimodal transportation network. That’s critical for our businesses and residents, and to maintain job creation in the county.”

The bill is necessary because Alameda County cannot go to the ballot to increase the sales tax without an exemption to exceed the local 2 percent sales tax cap.

Wieckowski's bill is co-authored by fellow East Bay Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner, Rob Bonta, Joan Buchanan and Bill Quirk.

Nick February 01, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Government control of the economy would be like Cuba. Do we look like Cuba to you? Seriously Paisley, grow a brain. Nothing of what you stated is even remotely close to government control or socialism.
Julia February 01, 2013 at 08:02 PM
As much as I would like to agree with you Nick... Check out: SB375 http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1106769987922-16/SB375+Summary+for+Public+Officials+&+Citizens.pdf
Nick February 01, 2013 at 08:03 PM
And this proves we're socialist how?
John Harrington February 01, 2013 at 08:05 PM
I will vote "NO" again. Enough is enough. We pay too much in taxes as it is.
Raleigh February 02, 2013 at 08:45 PM
The transportation tax pollsters have phoned our home three times and this is their formula to place a winning prop on the ballot. 1) Inquire whether you were an informed voter. Why was our vote “informed” enough to re-elect a president, unseat an incumbent representative, raise other taxes, but not informed enough to accurately understanding the transportation tax? 2)Promise that students, seniors, and disabled students would receive a discount if BART went to Isabel. As an informed citizen, one would wonder if destination and station determine eligibility for BART discounts and worry that this campaign for transportation tax is providing “dis-information.” 3)Ask if BART should go from Isabel to downtown or from Isabel to Greenville. Obviously, the resolution passed by the city council is not sufficient to prevent resurrecting the proposal of downtown BART. The supporters of a new transportation tax have displayed arrogance, a willingness to use chicanery, and a disregard for our community’s resolve….why would informed voters support this tax?


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