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Measure B1 Road Tax Fails By A Whisker

Needed two-thirds to raise money for local road repairs and transit projects.


It's another lesson in how much each vote counts.

Nearly two weeks after the November election, Measure B1 has missed the required two-thirds passage by several hundred votes, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters announced Monday.

Measure B1 would have increased the county's transportation sales tax, first passed in 1986, from a half-cent to one cent.

It would also have made the hike permanent. The money raised by the measure would have been spent on roads, freeways, pedestrian, bicycle and other transit-related projects.

It garnered 350,899 votes, or 66.53 percent of the ballots cast on Nov. 6.

The tally was so close that the registrar could not determine the outcome until now. 

News of the measure's failure comes as a new report reveals the poor conditions of roads in communities like San Leandro that had counted on Measure B1 revenues to do catch-up repairs.

Measure B1 missed by a few hundred votes out of the 527,403 ballots cast. Is the two-thirds hurdle the tyranny of the minority or a check on excessive taxation?

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Ed Hernandez November 21, 2012 at 04:42 AM
There was some discussion a/b the city manager having a back-up plan for this measure not passing...but I think this does tie into choosing between the San Leandro Hospital or the city's roads. How can we expand the pie?
Fred Eiger November 21, 2012 at 05:01 AM
What? This can't be true? YAY!!!! YIPPPEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fred Eiger November 21, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I am so estatic by this. All this money was going to do was to pay for wages and pensions. Not for materials or actually getting the roads fixed. It was a spigot going for waste.
Larry Smith November 21, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Sadly, I have to agree with Mr. Eiger. With the lack of oversight on most of these road projects, local governments have acted more like a bunch of drunken sailors on shore leave than responsible overseers of the public trust. They have proven time and time again that they cannot and should not be trusted with more money. And my apologies to the many fine naval personnel for comparing them to lowly, free-spending politicians.
Larry Smith December 12, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I must be losing my mind...but I certainly do agree with David and Fred on this one. This was a no-brainer. What was amazing is how many people were fooled into thinking that the money would have gone to repair our 'third world roads'.


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