November 7, 2016 – Southern California Patch – Voters will decide in the Nov. 8 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 (SANDAG), 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.
The 18 cities in the region will have discretion to use the revenue on road and pothole repairs, fixing sidewalks, open space acquisition and other things, according to SANDAG Chairman Ron Roberts, a county supervisor.
On the other side, opponents contend the projects envisioned in Measure A place too high a priority on freeway expansion projects at the expense of mass transit.
Nicole Capretz of 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 and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.
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