Sacramento Transportation Authority Moves Closer to Seeking Countywide Sales Tax Increase

April 22, 2016 |

On Wednesday, a subcommittee of the Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA) approved a refined transportation expenditure plan (TEP) that moves the agency one step closer to approving a plan to place a countywide sales tax increase measure on this November's general election ballot.

That tax increase, currently dubbed Measure B, would seek a countywide one-half cent sales tax increase to fund road maintenance and a variety on new transportation projects. When STA's full board meets on Thursday, April 28, it will consider approving the subcommittee's recommendation.

Among items included in the TEP are the following:
  • 70-percent of revenue allocated to local roads and transit capital, operations and maintenance and two major regional highway traffic relief projects
  • 30-percent of revenue allocated to Regional Transit operations and maintenance, Light Rail extension, Paratrasit services, and the Elk Grove SMART Corridors project complimenting Light Rail Blue Line connection to Elk Grove.
  • 75-percent of funding over the first five years for the local roadway and transit capital, operations and maintenance program as well as projects under the jurisdiction of the Sacramento Regional Transit District will be reserved for “Fix it First” projects.
  • Strict accountability measures including performance indicators to ensure that “Fix it First” investments are being prioritized.

If  board approves the TEP, then local jurisdictions throughout Sacramento County, including the Elk Grove City Council will vote on it over the spring and summer months, before the August 9 deadline to put the measure on the November ballot.

More information will be included in the STA board packet that will be available online at next week. The STA's Thursday meeting will be held  in the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 700 H Street, Sacramento. 

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