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BART Extension - VTA
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Sales Tax - 2/3 Approval Required
Pass: 414,328 / 66.78% Yes votes ...... 206,103 / 33.22% No votes
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|Results as of Nov 25 11:10am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (1,142/1,142)|
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To reduce dependence on foreign oil, help relieve soaring gas prices and combat climate change, shall the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority enact a 1/8 cent sales tax limited to thirty years for BART to operate/ maintain/ improve the 16.1 mile Santa Clara County BART extension, with stations in Milpitas, San Jose, and Santa Clara, connecting with Caltrain from Gilroy to San Francisco and an Airport People Mover, to be collected only if sufficient state/federal funds are secured to match local construction dollars?
The proposed tax would only be collected if sufficient state and federal funds are secured to match local construction dollars. Under the measure, federal funds would be considered secured and matched when the federal government executes a Full Funding Grant Agreement, or its equivalent, in an amount of at least $750 million. State funds would be considered secured and matched when the California Transportation Commission approves an Allocation Request, or its equivalent, in an amount of at least $240 million. Collection of the tax would commence only if these two match requirements are met; if these two requirements are met, the tax would be collected for a period of 30 years. The tax would expire by operation of law at the end of the 30-year period.
A "yes" vote would authorize a one-eighth cent sales tax, for a period of 30 years, to be imposed only if state and federal match funds are secured first.
A "no" vote would not authorize a one-eighth cent sales tax, for a period of 30 years, to be imposed only if state and federal match funds are secured first.
Ann Miller Ravel
League of Women Voters
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|Arguments For Measure B||Arguments Against Measure B|
|VOTE YES ON MEASURE B
Measure B provides the funds needed to operate and maintain the future 16.1-mile BART extension into Santa Clara County. It legally cannot be used for any other purpose. It only takes effect once State and Federal funds are secured to match local dollars.
Why is Measure B important?
Alternatives to Foreign Oil & $4 gas:
Strengthen our Regional Economy:
Join this volunteer effort: http://www.BARTtoSiliconValley.com.
/s/ Chuck Reed
CEO of Applied Materials & Chair of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group/s/ David Yarnold
Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund
/s/ Anne M. Mack
Senior Care Commissioner & Advisory Board member of the Santa Clara County Council on Aging/s/ Joe Coto
State Assemblyman, 23rd Assembly District and Former School Superintendent of the East Side Union High School District
After 21 years, VTA's light rail system still hasn't met its original ridership and revenue projections. It's the worst-performing light rail in the country. Forecasting inaccuracies cost mega-bucks. They're doing it again.
Proponents aren't being truthful. More taxes are coming: Approved VTA documents confirm a ¼ [one-quarter] percent increase is required.
Proponents' arguments aren't credible:
VTA's 2008 budget is nearly ¾ [three-quarters] of a billion dollars. Where does the money go? Why isn't VTA delivering new service now?
NO more empty promises, NO more exaggerated claims. Tell VTA to deliver on past promises first...
Vote NO on Measure B! http://www.NoVTAtax.com
/s/ David Casas
VTA Board Member; Los Altos City Councilmember and Former Mayor/s/ Sherman Lewis
Former BART Board Member
/s/ Roy Nakadegawa
P.E; Former BART Board Member; Former AC Transit Board Member/s/ David Schonbrunn
President, Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund (TRANSDEF)/s/ Douglas A. McNea President, Silicon Valley Taxpayers' Association
|VTA continues to promise what they can't deliver.
In 2000, the ballot argument promised us a ½ [one-half] percent tax "... pays operating costs for BART, rail, and buses for decades without additional taxes." Voters passed the $6-billion tax.
Today, VTA wants a $2-billion tax increase--for those same operating costs.
In 2000, they promised light rail for East San Jose, more Caltrain service, and an airport people mover.
Today, all of those projects have been delayed. Others have been cut entirely.
In 2000, they promised "Traffic Relief Now."
Today, VTA won't even tell us which projects will be built, or when.
In 2000, they promised expanded bus service.
Instead, VTA cut service and raised fares. Annual transit ridership fell by 17 million trips.
Now they're promising us a train to Fremont--if only we'll pass another tax. Can we trust them?
Santa Clara County's Civil Grand Jury called it "over-promising of projects to voters."
They're doing it again:
In 2000, VTA said they had enough money.
In 2006, VTA said a ¼ [one-quarter] percent tax was enough.
This spring, VTA's consultant said it wasn't.
Today, VTA wants a 1/8 percent tax.
They don't know what they need. Expect more tax increases.
We need results.
If VTA were serious about combating climate change, they wouldn't starve the transit systems we have, to fund the transit we might get... someday.
We deserve a transit agency focused on effectively delivering transit.
VTA spends more to operate one bus for one hour than nearly every other transit agency. For the same money, we could get more transit:
Tell VTA you want real change. Learn more at http://www.NoVTAtax.com
Vote NO on Measure B.
/s/ Karen Maki
VTA Board Member; Member and Former Mayor, Palo Alto City Council/s/ John L. McLemore
Former VTA Board Member; Former Vice-Chair, Metropolitan Transportation Commissioner/s/ Greg Perry
Former VTA Board Member; Former Mountain View Councilmember
/s/ Pete Constant
Councilmember, City of San Jose
It's irrelevant - The BART extension will be operated and maintained by BART, not VTA.
What do BART opponents ignore?
Measure B earns widespread support because:
In 2000, private citizens voted overwhelmingly to build the BART extension. On November 4, we can finish the job by approving the funds to operate it.
Join us - vote YES on BART, and no to $4 gas and foreign oil.
/s/ Chuck Reed
Former Mayor of Palo Alto, Chair of the Valley Transportation Authority Board & County Supervisor/s/ Mike Honda
Member of Congress CA District 15
|Full Text of Measure B|
|To reduce dependence on foreign oil, help relieve soaring gas prices and combat climate change, shall the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) enact a retail transactions and use tax ordinance imposing (a) a tax for the privilege of selling tangible personal property at retail upon every retailer in Santa Clara County, the territory of VTA, such tax to be at the rate of one-eighth of one percent of the gross receipts of the retailer from the sale of tangible personal property sold by him at retail in the territory of VTA; and (b) a complimentary tax upon the storage, use, or other consumption in Santa Clara County, the territory of VTA, such tax to be at the rate of one-eighth of one percent of the sales price of the property whose storage, use, or other consumption is subject to the tax; such tax to be limited to thirty years; such tax to be used by the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) to operate, maintain and improve the 16.1 mile BART extension to Santa Clara County, with stations in Milpitas, San Jose, Santa Clara, connecting with Caltrain from Gilroy to San Francisco and a People Mover to San Jose International Airport, and to be collected only if sufficient state and federal funds are secured to match local construction dollars?
Federal funds shall be considered secured and matched when the federal government executes a Full Funding Grant Agreement or its equivalent for the project in an amount of at least $750 million. State funds shall be secured and matched pursuant to Government Code Section 14556.40, when the California Transportation Commission approves an Allocation Request, Letter of No Prejudice or equivalent document for the project in an amount of at least $240 million.
Collection of the tax for a thirty year period will commence with the fulfillment of the two match requirements described above.