ELECTION 2014: Voters in central California locales to decide on road funding

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 9/23/2014

Voters in multiple central California locales are set to cast ballots this fall on transportation issues.

In Monterey County, voters in seven communities with make decisions on local taxes that would benefit road and street repairs. They are:

  • Del Rey Oaks (Measure R) – whether to increase the sales tax by 0.5 percent for “general governmental purposes” that include street repairs.
  • Gonzales (Measure K) – whether to create a 10-year, 0.5 percent sales tax for “essential services” that include street repairs.
  • Marina (Measure E) – whether to make permanent a 12 percent hotel room tax, up from 10 percent. A portion of the revenue would be used for street repair.
  • Marina (Measure F) – whether to extend the 1 percent transactions and use tax for 12 years. Revenue would continue to be applied for general city services, including street maintenance.
  • Monterey (Measure P) – whether to add a 1 percent sales tax for four years for improvements that include fixing streets and potholes.
  • Salinas (Measure G) – whether to enact a 1 percent sales tax to boost city services and facilities. An estimated $20 million annually in tax revenue would benefit pothole and street repairs.
  • Salinas (Measure H) – whether to change the city’s utility users tax to benefit “essential city services,” which include street repairs and maintenance.
  • Soledad (Measure I) – whether to extend collection of the 1 percent sales tax for 15 years to help pay for “essential services” that include street maintenance.

In neighboring San Benito County, voters will decide whether to renew fees to cover the county’s abandoned vehicle abatement program.

The program charges $1 for personal vehicles and $2 for large trucks to help pay to remove and dispose of abandoned, wrecked or broken-down vehicles from public and private property.

Measure H on the countywide ballot would extend the program for 10 years.

In El Dorado County, voters in the city of Placerville will decide the fate of various traffic features.

Measure K on the local ballot will ask voters whether the city should be barred from constructing roundabouts, traffic circles or other “similar traffic features” without first getting voter approval.

Supporters of roundabouts say the alternative to traditional intersections reduces congestion and improves air quality. Critics want a say in whether the circular intersections are used in the town of 10,500 residents.

A separate question on the town’s ballot would benefit roads. Measure I would increase the local sales tax by 0.5 percent for 10 years. At least 75 percent of the estimated $1.8 million raised each year would be used for local roads.

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