I mentioned last week that the commission is going to consider changes to the rules governing the transportation surtax- allowing for flexibility in using the funds for operations and maintenance. Larry Lebowitz goes a little further today and describes the result of the proposed legislation:
If the measure is approved on Tuesday the county would give [itself] a lot more flexibility in determining how to blend sales-tax revenues into the budgets of the transit agency and other county departments like public works, the 311 call center and the General Services Administration.
Greeeaaat. I’ve never been one of the ‘repeal the tax’ advocates, but the commission makes it so hard to believe they will use this money responsibly. The problem isn’t the tax, but that the county doesn’t want to pick up where the tax leaves off. They want the tax to be THE funding mechanism for whatever size system the tax can pay for, and that is not going to fly. We voted on a tax for expansion and that’s how it should remain. If I thought for a second that this change would lead to an expanded and functional system I would say go for it, but this is just another step in the wrong direction. What do you expect from a commission that simply doesn’t care about mass transit, or good planning, or quality of life, or reducing our dependence on foreign oil, etc. etc. Sigh…
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