Fox5 San Diego: Voters to decide fate of plan to hike sales tax to fund transportation projects

November 4, 2016 – Fox5 San Diego – Voters will decide in Tuesday’s election whether to raise the sales tax by a half-cent countywide to fund infrastructure improvements in the San Diego region.

Measure A was developed by the San Diego Association of Governments, which estimates the tax would raise $18 billion over 40 years to pay for a wide variety of projects. Since the measure proposes a tax hike, it requires a two- thirds “yes” vote to pass.

Nicole Capretz of the Climate Action Campaign and others against the proposition have called for SANDAG to reshuffle how the projects are phased-in over the years, moving up the timeline for public transportation.

The city of San Diego will be unable to meet the goals of its climate action plan if the measure passes, and the region would not achieve state climate change targets, Capretz said.

Among other opponents are the local chapter of the Sierra Club, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and San Diego Coastkeeper.

Organized labor is split, with some groups for and others against.

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