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San Francisco Transportation and Road Improvement Bond
City and County of San Francisco
bond - 2/3 Approval Required
Pass: 157,562 / 71.87% Yes votes ...... 61,657 / 28.13% No votes
Index of all Propositions
|Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Arguments ||
To construct, redesign and rebuild streets and sidewalks and to make infrastructure repairs and improvements that increase MUNI service reliability, ease traffic congestion, reduce vehicle travel times, enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety, and improve disabled access, shall the City and County of San Francisco issue $500 million in general obligation bonds, subject to independent citizen oversight and regular audits?
The City would use this money to implement many of the infrastructure repairs and improvements identified by the Transportation Task Force.
The City could use the funds for the following purposes:
Proposition A also would require the Citizens' General Obligation Bond Oversight Committee to review the spending of bond funds. One-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of the bond funds would pay for the commit- tee's audit and oversight functions.
|Arguments For Proposition A||Arguments Against Proposition A|
|Modernizing and upgrading San Francisco's aging
transportation infrastructure is critical to public safety
and improving everyone's experience in getting
around San Francisco.
Proposition A is a smart investment that will create a safer environment for pedestrians and people with disabilities, make Muni more reliable, improve traffic flow, and decrease travel times for everyone.
Proposition A would fund projects that provide these upgrades for a 21st Century San Francisco.
And, Proposition A will not raise taxes because these bonds only would be issued as previous bond debt is retired.
If Prop A passes, it will raise property taxes and rents to levels higher than they would be otherwise.
Instead of Legal Commitment, "Weasel Words". Unlike other bond measures, Prop A's legal language makes no commitment as to how funds will be allocated. Instead, the Bond language uses the phrase: "Projects to be funded under the proposed Bond may include but are not limited to...".
And that is giving a virtual blank check to the SFMTA!
EXTREMELY DECEPTIVE: Proposition A does not guarantee money will be used for Muni.
The Ordinance makes no commitment to any specific work, instead using phrases "may be allocated" and "may include but not limited to." SFMTA could use all funds on non-Muni projects, cost overruns of current projects...
The Ballot Simplification Committee's Digest acknowledges this failure to commit: "The City could use the funds for the following purposes:"---rather than "shall use."
FACT: Prop A does not raise taxes. Because new bonds would only be issued as old bonds retire, tax rates remain the same.
FACT: Prop A bond funds are restricted to transportation infrastructure improvements. Citizen oversight and audits ensure that funds are spent as required by law.
Prop A improves pedestrian safety with improvements including more countdown signals; raised, wider, more visible crosswalks and better lighting. Separating bicycles and cars makes travel safer for everyone. Upgraded traffic signals that respond to changing traffic patterns improve traffic flow and reduce idling times at intersections.