.

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.

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.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »