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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.

David January 31, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Will this bill also devote 70% of the taxes to anything BUT local roads?
Anne Reidt January 31, 2013 at 04:56 PM
This is awful! We pay so much now in sales tax, then adding more daily taxes..... As a person on SS I have very limited funds. I'd like to see these tax happy ;pols live on less than 1000 per month! Besides if Congress every stopped being so beholden to the Koch-roaches, we might get funds for our infrastructure. Our roads should be fixed before the damn super train is built!
Justin Agrella January 31, 2013 at 04:58 PM
In short, yes. I love when failure proceeds failure.
Tim January 31, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Yea, tax those evil rich people! Got news for you... it's only going to get worse for you. These evil rich people are fleeing CA in droves to avoid the Prop 30 tax increase on them. Why pay 13.3 % when they can go to Florida, or Texas and pay ZERO? So who's going to foot the bill once they're gone?
Nadja Adolf January 31, 2013 at 09:45 PM
A large part of the "transportation tax" will be used to subsidize developers to build "Transit Oriented Developments." The subsidy guarantees the developer a profit; without it, these projects wouldn't be built.
Nadja Adolf January 31, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Part of the "transportation tax" will be used to subsidize developers to build "Transit Oriented Developments." The subsidy guarantees the developer a profit; without it, these projects wouldn't be built. Other parts will be used to subsidize more empty mass transit vehicles running around the area. My big question is how many people complaining about the tax increases under Obama and our current politicians voted for these people? Isn't it sort of silly to knowingly vote for people with a track record of raising taxes and then complaining about it when they do exactly what they promised to do?
Fred Eiger February 01, 2013 at 06:33 AM
Really what this means is more taxes forced from the private sector to fund public sector pensions.
Nadja Adolf February 01, 2013 at 07:58 PM
How about taxing the Gores, Kennedys, and Soros? I love people who don't understand that the difference between big oil and little oil was an artificial construction maneuvered by the Sens. Kennedy in order to keep their taxes down.

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