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Measure B Perpetual Tax

Original post made by Bill on Jul 26, 2012

In 2000 Alameda County voters approved a 1/2% sales tax to fund transportation related projects. The revenue from this was projected to be 1.4 billion dollars over 20 years.

The 2012 Measure B perpetual tax states that it will generate 7.8 billion dollars over 30 years. Measure B is combination of adding the previous tax of 1/2% and Measure B 1/2%.

So lets say the 2000 measure was taken out to 30 years. Instead of 1.4 billion it would have generated 2.1 billion. Doubling this number gives 4.2 billion.

Where does MTC get that Measure B will generate 7.8 billion dollars, especially when sales receipts have actually fallen?

Comments (7)

Posted by Not again, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

The current Measure B does not expire until 2022. Web Link

Basically, this is an attempt to double tax the electorate with a permanent tax with no accountability by authorizing a new tax that does not expire ON TOP of the old tax that again does not end until 2022.

Crooks! I'll be voting NO!


Posted by no checks and balances, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Always vote no on a permanent tax.

Taxes we vote on should have expiration dates and the agency can always put back on the ballot to extend and they will pass if the public fees the agency is using the money wisely. If there is no expiration date, even the legislature could not stop this tax (not that they would ever try to stop a revenue stream).

I don't care if they say there is an "independent oversight committee". Those committees are always appointed by the agency so there is really no independent oversight.

Vote No on any permanent tax.


Posted by Been There, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I'm in the mode of voting NO on all taxes because I just don't think the tax money is used with care. It seems to be squandered. I'm not a tea-party person...I'm just myself...and I think we need to reel in the heavy spenders in government. So, it's no on this Measure B tax for me too.


Posted by Elaine Scagliotti, a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 27, 2012 at 8:43 am

I vote no on any tax without an ending date and NO on anything that goes into the State General Fund.


Posted by Dorene Paradiso, a resident of Country Fair
on Jul 27, 2012 at 10:08 am

I agree and say vote NO. We need accountability etc.. They always try to convince or deceive you into believing, that there is accountability. Unfortunately, there is only waste. Besides the government being wasteful; just look at what happened to many non-profits. Tax grants went into them as well.


Posted by Taxpayer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2012 at 12:08 am

It's just another slush fund to fill other gaps that wouldn't be popular if known. So they just call it transportation, which is something working taxpayers usually approve because they can see and always needs repairs or additions. (except you notice we haven't had much of that in a long time.)
Actually, this would be to fill in for public union excesses that take from our services and expenses in other areas. Not that I'm for growing welfare state, since social services for all our new world residents (carefully read residents,not taxpayers) plus our own generational users of free services. but when those 'social services' need trimming, there is such screaming about more money needed, when there is plenty of money already in the money pot, but public unions are sucking it all up and out. Choices have to be made... support the welfare state/public services or public unions. Taxpayers are usually not the ones using public services, welfare, or union services.
I'll be voting NO. However, I do prefer sales taxes over other taxes (not in addition to). Sales tax does gets world 'perm' visitors and the cash under the table crowd...cheaters in the systems, etc. rather than just the usual wage slaves.
But just because it might be easy to 'get more' doesn't mean it's right or justified, with NO up front budget.


Posted by Tim H, a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 28, 2012 at 7:22 am

I answer to a higher calling. As such, iAt's all Big Brother as far as I'm concerned.


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