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San Diego County, CA November 2, 2004 Election
Proposition A
Continuance of the existing half-cent transportation sales tax for forty years
County of San Diego

2/3 Approval Required

682597 / 67.01% Yes votes ...... 336031 / 32.99% No votes

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Results as of Dec 15 1:35pm
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Shall San Diego County voters continue the existing half-cent transportation sales tax (SDCRTC Ordinance 0401) for forty years, including creating an Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee to conduct yearly audits ensuring voter mandates are met?

Impartial Analysis from the County Counsel
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) acting as the Regional Transportation Commission (Commission) has placed this measure on the ballot to extend the San Diego County Transportation Improvement Program and Expenditure Plan. This proposition would:

1. Authorize the Commission to continue to impose a transaction and use tax of 1/2 percent in the incorporated and unincorporated territory of the County of San Diego for a period not to exceed forty years (commonly referred to as "TransNet"). The forty year term will not commence until the current tax expires in at the end of March 2008.

2. Authorize the Commission to issue bonds payable from the proceeds of the tax to accelerate the construction of transportation facility improvements. Also establish an annual appropriation limit of $950 million for the Commission.

3. Require all revenues to be deposited into a special fund and limit the use of such revenues to improvements of transportation facilities and services and related environmental mitigation. No more than one percent of the total annual revenues available may be used for administrative expenses and no more than $250,000 per year will be used for the operation of an Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee.

4. Require that the revenues from TransNet be used to supplement existing public and private funding for transportation improvements. Further require that the revenues be combined with federal, state, local and private funding for transportation improvements.

5. With the exception of certain sections which require a vote of the electors of the County of San Diego to amend, the TransNet ordinance may only be amended with a favorable vote of at least two-thirds of the SANDAG Board of Directors using both the one vote per jurisdiction and the population-based weighted vote procedures.

6. Require revenues be used to fund specific projects and programs. The revenues will be allocated among highway, transit, and local street and road improvement projects.

7. Require establishment of the Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee (ITOC). The ITOC will develop recommendations for improvements to the financial integrity and performance of the TransNet program.

8. Require each city and the County to contribute $2,000 in exactions from the private sector, for each newly constructed residential housing unit (with exemptions for extremely low, very-low, low, and moderate income households) in that jurisdiction to the Regional Transportation Congestion Improvement Program as a condition for eligibility to receive TransNet funds for projects within their jurisdiction.

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