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Measure O Voter Pamphlet

Measure O Voter Pamphlet

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Published by Bill Gram-Reefer
vote no on measure o, contra costa county's transportation tax on auto registration
vote no on measure o, contra costa county's transportation tax on auto registration

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VOTER INFORMATIONPAMPHLET
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MEASURE OCONTRA COSTATRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
Arguments in favor of or against the proposed measure are the opinions of the authors.
If you would like to receive this information in Spanish please call (925)335-7800. If you have already requested voting information in Spanish,the information will be mailed to you automatically.Si desea recibir esta información en español, por favor llame al (925)335-7800. Si ya solicitó información para votar en español, ésta seráenviada automáticamente por correo.
 
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VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEE MEASURE OCONTRA COSTA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
CONTRA COSTA TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT MEASURETo repair and maintain local streets and roads; improve traffic flow,bicycle, pedestrian and driver safety; and improve public transportationefficiency; shall a local vehicle registration fee of ten dollars beestablished in Contra Costa with expenditures subject to strict monitoringand with all revenues staying in Contra Costa? 
COUNTY COUNSEL’S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OFVEHICLE REGISTRATION FEE MEASURE O
California law provides that a countywide transportation planningagency, to fund transportation-related projects and programs, mayimpose a fee of up to $10 (ten dollars) on the registration or renewal of amotor vehicle registered in the county, with the approval of a majority of voters voting at an election for that purpose.The Board of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority hasadopted a resolution proposing a fee of $10 (ten dollars) on theregistration or renewal of motor vehicles registered in Contra CostaCounty. The fee would be in addition to the existing registration or renewal fee paid on motor vehicles registered in the County. The feewould be paid on all motor vehicles except those vehicles that areexpressly exempted under the Vehicle Code from the payment of registration fees. If the measure proposed by the Contra CostaTransportation Authority is passed by voters, the fee will be imposed oneach annual motor vehicle registration or renewal of registrationoccurring on or after six months following the adoption of the measure bythe voters. The fee would be paid in perpetuity unless later terminatedby voters.The ballot measure states that the proceeds of the fee will beused to “repair and maintain local streets and roads; improve traffic flow,bicycle, pedestrian and driver safety; and improve public transportationefficiency.” The Board of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority hasadopted an expenditure plan allocating the revenue from the fee totransportation-related programs and projects. The expenditure planstates that 71 percent of the funds generated by the fee would beallocated to local road improvement and repair, 21 percent of the fundswould be allocated to transit for congestion relief, and 8 percent of thefunds would be allocated to pedestrian and bicycle access and safety,after administrative costs are deducted. Proceeds from the fee may be
 
3used only for the specific purposes set forth in the ballot measure andaccording to statutory provisions.A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the fee.A “no” vote is a vote against authorizing the fee.
 
ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OFVEHICLE REGISTRATION FEE MEASURE O
Vote Yes on Measure O to keep vital revenue in Contra Costa County toaddress our local transportation needs. All funding will stay right here –none of it can be taken by the State. Funding from state government isunreliable. Measure O will provide a secure, local source of funds for critically important local transportation projects.Vote Yes on Measure O to repair and maintain local streets and roads,making them safer for drivers, pedestrians and bike riders. Better streetsand roads help keep down our gas costs, lower our vehicle maintenancecosts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Measure O will also helpus qualify for matching transportation funding grants.Vote Yes on Measure O to improve public transportation in Contra CostaCounty. This includes making it easier for residents in every part of theCounty to get to work and school using public transportation, as well asmaking it easier for residents who combine public transit and other formsof transportation to get where they’re going.Vote Yes on Measure O to promote programs that improve our air qualityand benefit the environment by reducing pollution from cars and trucks.Measure O will also promote programs to reduce commute hour traffic,like telecommuting and ride sharing, and increase the use of technologyto improve the flow of traffic on our busiest roads and freeways.Contra Costa County residents need reliable, efficient, greentransportation options – for better quality of life, stronger economy andcleaner environment. Measure O will fund our local transportationpriorities now — when we need it most.For more information, please visit our website, www.YesonCCTIM.com.Please join us and Vote Yes on Measure O.Mark DeSaulnier Lesa R. McIntoshCalifornia State Senator EBMUD Board

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