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County supervisors place half-cent transportation tax measure back on ballot

Original post made on Jul 9, 2014

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to place a transportation sales tax increase measure on the November ballot, a measure that failed by a small number of votes two years ago.

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Posted by Roger Gathers
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 9, 2014 at 8:57 am

These people just can't seem to get it through their heads that we are so over-taxed already, that we have one of the highest sales taxes in the country. It's time to say ENOUGH! Everyone would like to solve transportation problems, but sometimes you have to realize that not every desire is affordable. In addition, the sales tax is one of the most regressive taxes. Everyone pays without any consideration of income level. I voted NO the last time and I will vote NO again.

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Posted by Gene J.
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jul 9, 2014 at 9:47 am

I totally agree with RG's comment. We already have 9+ % sales tax, so why does adding another .5% make the world so much better? Where is all of the current money going that we are in such dire straights today? Wouldn't happen to be to support all of these Boards, Commissions, Alliances , etc., and their ever growing bureaucracies that support and feed off each other to no end. Vote NO.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 9, 2014 at 9:53 am

I'm sorry we are taxed to death in Alameda county. You want to help with transportation, add a car pool lane north on 680. More people will car pool that way!! I'm sorry I am tired of funding all these "projects" the county comes up with that don't seem to help with anything I can tell.

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Posted by 30 years is nearly "permanent"
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 9, 2014 at 10:03 am

Traditional mortgages are for 30 years,
and the "mort" is the same as in mortality, it means Death.
Many voters could be paying even more taxes the rest of their lives.
Hopefully voters will chose again NOT to burden their children and grandchildren with a regressive tax nearly forever.
And much of the money might go for us to pay AGAIN for BARTD to finally finish installing the system we have already been paying taxes for, since it was promised over 40 years ago.
BARTD told us, and the Federal and State agencies who also helped fund it, that they needed the money to build the system to include Livermore, then they never built it, but kept the money.
They also promised a seat for every rider and free parking. They skimped on parking spaces at the Pleasanton station, claiming it was NOT the end of the line. Then they sold much of the parking lot to built apartments, who also lack enough parking.
Ever try to park there? Impossible.
We ALREADY pay BARTD high mandatory sales and property taxes, whether we have a station we can use or not.
Now some of the proposed additional tax on us would go to pay for a new station in Fremont, who never paid a nickel for the original system.
Why should every one who purchases anything here pay even more for something they may not even use?
Our sales taxes are already out of sight. Vote NO again on more taxes.

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2014 at 11:14 am

LOL !! Failed again!! Get a clue LiberDems, No more taxes!!

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Rosewood
on Jul 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm

The purposes mentioned are all good. (Well, except paying the bloated BART people). However, we already pay several kinds of taxes that are supposed to be spent on those purposes. Quit wasting what we give you. We aren't going to give you any more.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm

My suggestion is that more and more and more eligible Americans become involved in the electoral process. Run for office. Remain involved and raise children that take over when you're no longer able.

How can any responsible American depend on elected officials to do a job that you?

How many of the above posters have run for elective office? That speaks volumes.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Correction: How can responsible Americans depend on elected officials to work in their behalf?

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Posted by Amused
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2014 at 1:24 pm

The tax whiner who posts under multiple names should sit down some day and actually calculate the kinds of things accomplished by the state for its tax paying citizens. (My strong hunch is that the first sign of a pothole, the tax whiner is screaming out for someone else to fix it.)

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 9, 2014 at 5:11 pm

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Amused, the way you phrased your comment was very telling about your mindset (or lack thereof).
'Things accomplished by the state for its taxpaying citizens'. And, what about those that pay no taxes and reap the benefits of the working poor paying for their benefits?
The fact is, the dems know that no one will vote them out of office, since they've managed to create a large, voting dependent class. Of course, they want the few people still working to cough up more money to finance their sex changes, birth control, medical pot, etc. Yes, the state accomplishes so much, most of which is wasteful and unnecessary. Which public union are you affiliated with?

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Posted by Exorbitant Salaries
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 9, 2014 at 8:05 pm

And pensions. That's the reason Alameda county needs to squeeze more taxes out of us. Alameda county administrator Susan Muranishi, the highest-paid county administrator in California, gets paid $400K+ per year and will receive that same amount as a pension for life. It's easy to be generous with other peoples' money.

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Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2014 at 7:44 am

"create jobs" by "requiring local contracting"....Now I don't suppose that would mean require hiring only "UNION" contractors, forbid hiring a competent, skilled small family company or worker. Los Positas and many government related construction jobs in recent years can only go to 'union' workers, excluding 'lowest bidders' like many family companies would be. NO, we must WASTE tax dollars by using 'favorite insiders' and paying them TOP, no, over-the-top dollars. OPM...after all it's not the big shot 'deciders' money, it's all those 'other' taxpayer dollars...not to jobs for hiring the most expensive 'union' workers.

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Posted by Gomer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2014 at 7:53 am

The half-penny tax increase is excessive and oppressive. This is what it feels like to live in a tyranny people. Impeach Our Dear Leader! Support Your Local Tea Party! No taxation without ... whatever. No taxation!

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Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm

The county supervisors just pushed through the additional health care sales tax on our last election. Since they pushed that through so quickly, we should assume that the health care sales tax is more important than the transportation sales tax. We do not have bottomless pockets so the board of supervisors prioritized these items for us. No on additional taxes. The supervisors will just find another way to waste our money.

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