The Alameda County Transportation Commission has submitted a recount request for Measure B1 to the county's Registrar of Voters and anticipates a recount will begin as soon as Monday.
The cost of the recount has not yet been determined.
"We have an obligation to the 66.53% of Alameda County voters who supported Measure B1 to leave no stone unturned," said Arthur L. Dao, executive director of the ACTC. "After receiving such strong support, we won't turn away a critical $7.8 billion investment prematurely."
Measure B1 would extend and double the existing half-cent county transportation sales tax, which county voters approved in 1986 and again in 2000.
Measure B1 expenditures would be guided by the 2012 Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP), which was unanimously approved by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and all 14 Alameda County cities.
Two members of the Pleasanton City Council, mayor-elect Jerry Thorne and Councilwoman Cindy McGovern, voted against placing the B1 measure on last month's General Election ballot.
Dao said the TEP is a "comprehensive, multi-modal plan" created with broad and diverse input by nearly 2,000 residents and groups representing drivers, transit riders, seniors, people with disabilities, bicycle and pedestrian advocates, environmentalists, educators, businesses and unions.
By placing Measure B1 on the ballot, the Alameda County Transportation Commission was responding to the need to develop new funding solutions for transportation to update critical transportation infrastructure, fund mass transit and paratransit operations, increase transit choices and reduce congestion and pollution, Dao said.
He pointed out that the commission has already leveraged $756 million of current Measure B funds into $3.8 billion in capital improvements in Alameda County, and that more than $2.5 billion worth are under construction now. He added that the projects have pumped $495 million back into local businesses in Alameda County in the past decade, creating nearly 5,100 jobs per year.
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