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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California
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Solano County
Measure G Advisory Question - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

60,811 votos si (64.51%)

33,449 votos no (35.49%)

100% de distritos activos (165/165).

Solano County Transportation Improvement Advisory Measure
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Shall any new funds raised by an increase in the transactions and use tax rate by the Solano County 2016 Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance be spent solely for transportation improvements, including road safety repairs, filling potholes, maintaining local streets and roads, and protecting transportation for seniors and disabled persons?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Pros y Contras — Explicación objetiva con argumentos a favor y en contra

Fuente: Pros y contras: League of Women Voters of California

La pregunta

 

Measure G Solano County Transportation Improvement Advisory Measure

Advisory Vote Only:

"Shall Solano County allocate 100% of proceeds of any new voter approved taxes on the June 2016 ballot to transportation improvements, including road safety repairs, filling potholes, maintaining local streets and roads, and protecting transportation for seniors and disabled persons, keeping revenues in local communities and requiring that a citizen oversight committee approve all projects before funds are spent? 

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Resumen

Measure - ADVISORY VOTE ONLY
Solano County Transportation Improvement Advisory Measure

This is not a tax measure. It is Solano County voters' intent that any new funds raised by an increase in the transactions and use tax rate by the Solano County 2016 Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance be spent solely for transportation improvements, including road safety repairs, filling potholes, maintaining local streets and roads, and protecting transportation for seniors and disabled persons. This measure would require that all revenues generated would remain in local communities and that a citizen oversight committee be established to recommend approval of all projects before funds are spent.

100% of the revenues would be allocated for the following purposes:
Maintenance and Repair of Local Streets and Roads and Road Safety Projects Senior/Disabled Mobility
Oversight and Accountability

Maintenance and Repair of Local Streets and Roads and Road Safety Projects

Funding for the maintenance and repair of local streets and roads and road safety projects will return to each city and the unincorporated area of the County based on a combination of the following factors: population (40%}, total lane miles (40%), and total taxable sales (20%).

Each city and the County will spend its share of the revenue for local maintenance and repair of local streets and roads and road safety and may not redirect these funds for any other purposes.

For each fiscal year that the Board of Supervisors appropriates the revenue as described above, the Board will require that local jurisdictions maintain their existing commitment of local funds for that fiscal year for transportation purposes. Each report to the Board will inform the public how each jurisdiction has spent funds in the previous year, how they plan to spend the funds in the forthcoming year, and how they met their maintenance of effort requirement.

Senior/Disabled Mobility

Up to 3% of the revenue would go to senior and disabled persons mobility programs and services developed in coordination with the Solano Transportation Authority, the Solano Paratransit Coordinating Council, and the Solano Senior and People with Disabilities Transportation Advisory Committee.

Oversight and Accountability

Should the Board decide to use the funds as set forth above, the Board will identify administrative policies and procedures to provide public oversight and accountability and to distribute the funds consistent with the goals and objectives of this advisory measure. The Board will appoint an independent citizens oversight committee that will:

Review revenue projections and financial reports and audits;
Review each jurisdictions' expenditure plan and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors annually regarding whether the proposed expenditures are consistent with the parameters of this advisory measure;

Review whether each jurisdiction has adhered to the maintenance of effort requirement by continuing their existing commitment of local funds for streets and roads; and Conduct all meetings in accordance with the Brown Act and open to the public.

No more than 1% of new revenue would be used for oversight and administration and up to 3% for senior/disabled mobility, thus reservin g a minimum of 96% of the revenue for maintenance and repair of local streets and roads and road safety projects. 

 

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

 

Measure G is an advisory vote concerning the expenditure of any revenue from the proposed new Solano

County 2016 Transactions and Use Tax (Measure H), if the voters approve the measure.

California Election Code section 9603, subdivision (c) governs the purpose and effect of an advisory vote. It states that an advisory vote is an indication of general voter opinion regarding the ballot proposal. The results of the advisory vote will in no manner be controlling on the sponsoring legislative body.”

Measure G’s purpose is to indicate the general opinion of the County voters whether any new funds raised by an increase in the transactions and use tax rate by Measure H shall be returned to the County’s eight public entities to fund transportation improvements, such as maintaining local streets and roads, filling potholes, implementing road safety programs, and protecting transportation for seniors and disabled persons; whether the administrative and oversight expenses incurred shall be limited to no more than 1% of the new revenue; whether addressing senior and disabled issues shall be up to 3% of the new revenues; whether to reserve a minimum of 96% of the new revenue for maintenance and repair of local streets and roads and road safety projects; and whether an appointed independent citizensoversight committee shall provide public oversight and accountability in the distribution of funds and the implementation of the improvements consistent with the intent expressed in this advisory vote.

The opinion expressed in this advisory vote, while of interest to the Board of Supervisors, is not in any manner legally controlling on the Board of Supervisors’ use of any new County revenues.

Respectfully submitted,

Dennis Bunting
Solano County Counsel

[EC § 9160} 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

BALLOT ARGUMENT: YES ON MEASURE G

We need to fix our local streets and roads.

Two measures on this ballot will give our cities the resources they need for the next five years to fix our local streets and roads, improve road safety, and support transportation for seniors and people with disabilities.

Measure G directs all funds that are raised by Measure H be allocated to local streets and roads, improving road safety, and supporting transportation for seniors and people with disabilities. It also requires that a citizens’ advisory committee approve all projects before any funds are spent. Measure H expires in five years.

We all depend on our streets and roads. A recent report showed that Solano County has less than half the money we need to maintain quality roads throughout the county. Nearly 80% of funding for streets and roads currently comes from the state gas tax. Recent funding cuts have left us with a 25% reduction in this funding – a loss of approximately $5 million. We need secure, local funding to fix our roads. Funding that can’t be cut or taken by the state.

If we invest in our roads now, we save millions in the future. Fixing our roads will also reduce congestion, create local jobs, and support local businesses.

The condition of our roads is also a safety hazard. There are an average of 2,500 collisions on our local roads annually. Measure G will ensure that funding is directed to making our roads safer by repairing potholes, improving signaling, adding signage, and more. Measure G is supported by all the members of the Board of Supervisors and the mayors of Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Vacaville, and Vallejo.

 

Join us and vote YES on Measure G.

Argumento EN CONTRA

 

OPPOSITION TO MEASURE G

The following measure, Measure H, proposes a one-half percent sales tax for “general purposes such as maintenance and repair of local streets”... and other things. This one, Measure G, seeks to tell us the real purpose of Measure H. It’s a separate measure because H is a General Tax and is much easier to pass, requiring only a simple majority vote. If Measure H said it was for streets and roads, it would be a Special Tax and require a two-thirds vote.

The FOUR previous attempts by Solano County to pass similar measures were Special Taxes and were defeated. They don’t want to take that chance again.

The main thing to keep in mind is that an advisory measure has no force in law. Its only purpose is to distract voters. Its promises don’t have to be kept.

California Election Code 96039 (c) specifically says:

“The results of the advisory vote will in no manner be controlling on the sponsoring legislative body.”

Measure G and H also establishes a Citizens Oversight Committee to oversee the expenditure of the funds. But read Measure H closely and you will see that “the committee’s responsibilities shall not include decision making on spending priorities, financing plans, or tax rate projections.” It goes on to say: “the committee shall no authority to direct, nor shall it direct County staff or officials.”

Proponents of Measure H are proposing a general tax because it requires only a majority vote for approval. They know that revenues can ultimately be used at any time for anything they wantperhaps to pay down employee pension obligations or build parks. They also know that they can disregard the Advisory Measure’s promises entirely.

Now you know, too. Don’t be fooled. Vote No. Central Solano Citizen Taxpayer Group

/s/ Janet Sirlin Roberts

Solano County Taxpayers Association /s/ George Guynn, Jr., President

/s/ Cathy Ritch Legislative Analyst

/s/ Robert L. Charboneau /s/ John Takeuchi 

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

 

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE G

Promises, promises. Empty promises, otherwise known as an Advisory Measure.

The law, Section 9603(c) of the California Election Code specifically states “the results of the advisory vote will in no manner be controlling on the sponsoring legislative body.”

Four times in the last 18 years STA has proposed and Solano County has placed a Special Tax to fix roads. Four times the voters have said “NO.” A Special Tax requires a 2/3 majority of votes cast.

Guaranteeing road repairs would make this a special tax needing a 2/3 majority of votes cast. That is the reason for the Measure G’s Advisory “empty promises.”

Road maintenance has historically been a low priority item, even though fixing roads has been a regular promise of tax measures as is helping seniors, the disabled and veterans. Time and again, these measures play on our sympathies but seldom deliver on their promise.

Road maintenance has been a low priority item because there is no legal requirement to fund maintenance. State and local governments have spent their money on items for which funding is legally required. Nothing has changed. In the future, cities and the county will continue to fund their highest priority items. Salaries, pensions, but not roads.

In spite of the Advisory Measure promises, there is little or no chance that the money from this pair of measures will ever be used for roads. There are no penalties in this measure for not spending the money as promised.

Promises, promises. Empty promises Vote NO! 

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

 

REBUTTAL TO OPPOSITION TO MEASURE G

We asked the county to put Measure G and Measure H before you the voters because our cities urgently need funding to fix our local streets and roads. Join us in supporting these measures.

Solano County residents have spoken fixing our local streets and roads is their number one transportation priority. We are doing the best we can to maintain and repair our local streets, but the problem is getting worse and state funding has been dramatically cut. We need additional funding to repair our roads and make our local streets safer. No matter how we cut our budget, we will not be able to make these repairs without this funding.

Measure G directs 100% of the funds generated from Measure H go toward:

  •   Local street and road repair

  •   Road safety

  •   Fixing potholes

  •   Protecting transportation for seniors and disabled persons
    We are supporting Measure G because we want to send a strong and clear message

    that fixing our local roads is critical.

    With Measure G, all the revenue will be kept in our local communities. Each one of us pledge to use this funding to fix our local streets and make them safer.

    Measure G clearly requires that a citizen oversight committee review all funds before they are spent.

    We may not agree on everything, but we agree on this. Join every local mayor in Solano County and the entire Solano County Board of Supervisors and vote YES on Measure G.

    Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson Dixon Mayor Jack Batchelor Fairfield Mayor Harry Price Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis 

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