Mailer for $8.5 billion Measure A tax hike makes promises to Elk Grove voters; Sac City Council member airs opposing video




In the effort to raise consumer taxes in Sacramento County by $8.5 billion, proponents of Measure A have sent mailers promising specific transportation projects.

A four-age glossy mailer received by Elk Grove voters from the Yes on Measure A group has presented a list of promises. Among them is congestion relief on Bond Road, Elk Grove, and Laguna boulevards, although it does not say how those chokepoints will be resolved.



The mailer also claims the measure would extend Sacramento Regional Transit's Light Rail to Elk Grove. The Light Rail service to South Sacramento terminates at Cosumnes River College.  

Not surprisingly, the Capital Southeast Connector is at the top of promises for Elk Grove improvements. That roadway project is a top priority for construction companies and billionaire developers who fund the Yes on Measure A. 

The Yes on A proponents are well funded and given their superior campaign financing, and it is expected the Sacramento County measure will easily achieve a simple majority for approval. Nonetheless, a disparate group of organizations opposes the measure, and there is one group, Measure A Not OK, that is a focal point of opposition.

Those groups are across the political spectrum. Their opposition comes from taxpayers' groups, environmentalists, conservatives, and progressives. 

If approved, the 40-year sales tax will generate $8.5 billion over its life and $212 million annually. Elk Grove elected officials are endorsing Measure A, and Elk Grove's one percent Measure E, which, if both are approved, would increase Elk Grove sales taxes by one and a half percent.  

While Elk Grove officials support the tax hike, this morning, Sacramento City Councilmember Katie Valenzuela posted a video on Twitter opposing Measure A. 



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Randy Bekker said...

Katie definitely needs to get out of the intercity and drive through the country side where thousands of commuters drive. Not everyone can ride a bike or take light rail or bus services.

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