Sacramento Transportation Authority to Discuss How to Divvy-up $3.6 Billion in Possible Tax Hikes

March 25, 2016 |

When the Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA) meets next Wednesday afternoon, they will discuss how they might allocate the estimated $3.6 in new sales tax revenues for a host of projects if an increase is approved by voters.

The STA is currently contemplating if it will put a countywide sales tax hike proposal, now dubbed as Measure B, on the November ballot. According to earlier STA deliberations, if it were put up for a vote, it would need a 66-percent majority for approval.

As part of their lead-up on whether or not to pursue that tax hike, according to the staff report a group "comprised of staff representatives of each of the cities, the County, Regional Transit, Paratransit, Caltrans, and the Capital Southeast Connector JPA—have been meeting with consultant Mark Capitolo to craft a balanced expenditure plan to would guide how proceeds from a supplemental transportation sales tax would be spent."

In its draft form, about 75-percent is proposed for road projects and the balance for a variety of mass transit needs in the county. For Elk Grove, it would receive about $255 million over the 30-year term of the tax.

The money for Elk Grove projects is targeted at Fix it First (regular road maintenance), the multimodal facility at SR99/Grant Line, Kammerer Road / Connector, SR99 / Whitelock Parkway interchange, and eTran Bus System operational and maintenance support. Additionally, Elk Grove would benefit from a $125 million, 6.9 mile extension of the Blue Line Light Rail from Cosumnes River College to the Grant Line Multimodal facility. 

The STA board, which includes Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis and Councilman Pat Hume, has not yet made a final decision on whether it will pursue the tax hike. Wednesday's meeting will be held at the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Chamber at 800 H Street, Sacramento, and starts at 1:30 p.m.     

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