Sacramento Transit Authority to Discuss Sales Tax Surveys This Thursday

February 8, 2016 |

At this Thursday's Sacramento Transit Authority's regular meeting, board member will hear a  status report on the effort to position voters for a possible supplemental transportation sales tax initiative in November 2016.

The presentation will be made by Duffy & Capitolo and will cover their various outreach efforts, including a survey, to generate support for a possible countywide sales tax increase. If the STA Board of Directors, which includes Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis and Councilman Pat Hume, approves pursuit of the tax increase, the measure could be placed on the November ballot.

The placement of the proposed sales tax increase on the ballot and its approval, which requires a 66-percent majority, has serious implications for Elk Grove roads and politicians. Having deferred the necessary $8 million in annual road maintenance for the last several years, the Elk Grove City Council members are in desperate need of its passage and funding to patch the gaping hole in the city's budget.

According to the STA's staff report, Duffy & Capitolo's has engaged in outreach efforts that "has included the placement of op/ed articles in selected local and regional newspapers." The report also says that in the coming weeks select voters will be receiving mailers and an expenditure plan on the proposed measure, dubbed "Measure B," will be presented to the board this spring.

Last August, STA Directors approved a $600,000 contract for Duffy & Capitolo to conduct voter surveys to gauge support for a sales tax increase. Thursday's meeting starts at 2 p.m. and will be held at the Sacramento County Building, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 700 H St., Sacramento. 

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