Measue A to Pay for Road Expansions

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Back in 1988, local voters approved a half-cent sales tax to help pay for everything from repaving streets to maintaining buses and light rail cars. That tax runs out in 2009. Measure A would keep it going for another 30-years and Brice Harris says without it, the county won’t be able to keep up with growth. As we all know, we are growing rapidly and mobility is becoming an increasing challenge. Harris is chairman of the Sacramento Metro Chamber and chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District. This is perhaps the most balanced transportation initiative in the history of California. It includes money for road construction, maintenance, the American River Parkway. But opponents say it doesn’t go far enough. Former Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency Grantland Johnson is a spokesman for the No on Measure A campaign. There’s nothing innovative. This proposal is really one that’s aimed at promoting distant suburban sprawl. Johnson says the current tax doesn’t expire for another few years and that leaves time to come up with a more environmentally-friendly plan. We think in 2006 a better plan can be placed before the voters. Measure A needs two-thirds voter approval to pass. Continuing the half-cent sales tax would raise an estimated 5-Billion dollars over the next 30-years. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.