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11/6/2006
ELECTION UPDATE: Transportation initiatives on several ballots Tuesday

Nov. 6, 2006 - On Tuesday, Nov. 7, voters in several states will have their say on various transportation-related initiatives. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of those initiatives.

California - polls open 11 a.m. PST to 8 p.m. PST
Proposition 1A
Statewide
Would authorize further protections to ensure that state fuel taxes are spent on transportation. It would limit the number of times lawmakers could dip into those revenues for the state budget and require them to repay the money within a few years.

Proposition 1B
Statewide
Would provide $19.9 billion for transportation projects throughout the state. Much of the money would be earmarked for traffic mitigation, road repairs, safety improvements, ports, airports and rail projects.

Measure C
Fresno County
Would extend the half-cent sales tax for transportation set to expire in 2007. The measure would raise $1.7 billion through 2027.

Measure D
Santa Barbara County
Would authorize a 30-year, quarter-cent sales tax increase. It would fund an estimated $1.6 billion during that time for traffic congestion relief.

Measure I
Kern County
Would impose a 20-year, half-cent sales tax increase. It would generate an estimated $1 billion during that time to relieve congestion, improve traffic safety, and match federal and state transportation funding.

Measure M
Orange County
Would extend the 30-year, half-cent retail transaction and use tax set to expire in 2011. The measure would generate an estimated $11.8 billion for transportation improvements and traffic congestion relief.

Florida - polls open 7 a.m. EST to 7 p.m. EST
Question 2
Broward County
Would increase the sales tax from 6 cents to 7 cents on the dollar for the next 30 years. It would generate an estimated $260 million annually for improved mass transit.

Louisiana - polls open 6 a.m. CST to 8 p.m. CST
Amendment 4
Statewide
Would prohibit cities and parishes in the state from levying a property tax on motor vehicles. Trailers and semi-trailers are not included in the exemption.

Minnesota -polls open 7 a.m. CST to 8 p.m. CST
MVST Amendment
Statewide
Would dedicate all motor vehicles sales taxes solely for roads, bridges and transit. It would generate about $300 million annually.

New Jersey - polls open 6 a.m. EST to 8 p.m. EST
Question 3
Statewide
Would increase from 9 cents to 10.5 cents the amount of diesel and gasoline taxes earmarked for a trust fund to maintain and repair roads, highways, bridges and transit. It would generate an additional $78 million for the fund.

Ohio - polls open 6:30 a.m. EST to 7:30 p.m. EST
Sales tax questions
Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin and Licking counties
Each county has a separate measure that would impose a 10-year, quarter-cent sales and use tax levy to provide $44.8 million annually for regional transit.

Rhode Island - polls open 7 a.m. EST to 9 p.m. EST
Question 5
Statewide
Would authorize a variety of transportation work to be done with the help of an $88.5 million bond issue. The bulk of the money would go to roads and bridges. Commuter rail work and the state's Public Transit Authority also would benefit.

South Carolina - polls open 7 a.m. EST to 7 p.m. EST
Question 1
Horry County
Would impose a 1 percent increase in the sales and use tax for seven years for specific road projects. More than $400 million would go toward projects that range from widening roads, to paving dirt roads.

Utah - polls open 7 a.m. MST to 8 p.m. MST
Proposition 3
Salt Lake County
Would authorize a quarter-cent sales tax increase to pay for mass transit and roads. The Mountain View Corridor would get 25 percent of the money. The rest would go to accelerate various rail and road projects.

Opinion Question
Utah County
Would authorize a quarter-cent sales tax increase to pay for mass transit and roads. The Mountain View Corridor would get 25 percent of the money. The rest would go to accelerate various rail and road projects.

Washington - polls open 7 a.m. PST to 8 p.m. PST
Proposition 1
Seattle
Would authorize a nine-year, $365 million tax increase to pay for street, bridge and sidewalk repairs, as well as transit, bike path and safety improvements. The package would be paid through a mix of property taxes, new taxes on commercial parking lots and an employer tax.

- By Keith Goble, state legislative editor
keith_goble@landlinemag.com

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