A Blank Check For An Unnecessary Tax Increase

Did you know there is a $2.4 billion tax increase on the ballot for Sonoma and Marin Counties this March called Measure I?

If passed, Measure I would add a 30-year extension to Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) current sales tax, which doesn’t expire for another 9 years. Moreover, the $2.4 billion Measure I would give SMART more money without any new budget oversight or additional accountability. It’s commonsense that Measure I is not so smart for Sonoma and Marin County taxpayers. On March 3rd, Vote NO on Measure I.

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The problem with SMART is too many broken promises. Vote No on Measure I. Fix the many problems before you ask for more resources. ... See MoreSee Less

The only way to reform SMART is to Vote NO on Measure I.

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The only way to reform SMART is to Vote NO on Measure I.

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I am definitely FOR Proposition I because IMO it will take a lot more funding to make SMART Trains the transportation of the future. Otherwise we will continue to be choked by the limitations of freeways, automobiles, and deadly pollution. Efficient hispeed transportation is the wave of the future and we must begin now and not later. Please vote FOR Proposition I.

Reform the system. Vote NO on Measure I. They will have nine years until the existing tax runs out to make the changes the system needs. ... See MoreSee Less

Reform the system.  Vote NO on Measure I.  They will have nine years until the existing tax runs out to make the changes the system needs.

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A political campaign funded by a filthy rich developer, who is using this campaign as retribution against various city council members, who voted against his housing developments. Yes, let’s believe that the Gallaher family’s ONLY concern is about taxpayer dollars. A complete crock. Like the naysayers who voted against BART’s extension into Sonoma and Marin County in the 1960’s, don’t let this one developer hijack what can become an extensive North Bay transit line, connecting the far reaches of Sonoma County to Marin and The Ferry to The City, that could eventually include the cities of Sonoma and Napa too. Vote Yes on the SMART Extension. 1/4¢ tax on a $1.00 purchase, or 2.5¢ on a $100 purchase is a small price to pay for the convenience, economy and longterm climate benefits of public transit.

SMART can't get anyone to buy yet alone build on their properties. I think SMART has spent as much or more on marketing and litigating (SMART loves to litigate) the properties than they are worth. SMART supposedly sold the Railroad Square property for $6 million. Oddly, they posted $2 million on the books a few months later then posted an off-books $4 million payable a few months after that. Then the sale somehow fell through, or never really happened, and SMART is still the owner. What's up with that ?

It does not kill it but it does hamstring it so that it cannot move forward and get more rides and integrate with other systems. Just because you don't like the management doesn't mean you need to make it dying operation. Don't cut off your nose to save your face. Work on changing management.

SMART putting their own heads on the chopping block for this March's election is a hell of a lot more convenient than gathering signatures!

I should clarify - by voting no it will require them to be more responsible.

A NO on I vote forces Smart to be smart with our tax money and live up to its 20-year promise to tax payers... If Smart is great and wonderful, why do they worry that their sales-tax won't be renewed the year it expires ???

The way that it’s managed now will surprise me if it doesn’t self destruct before the nine years is up. OMG another “problem”/excuse to steal more taxes.

It gives them another chance to fix it and be responsible stewards of our money.

No on I. We can’t afford this train.

Keep it up. No more taxes for government poorly operated systems.

Remember chair of the SMART board Eric Lucan and Novato councilor spent $5.2m of Novatos money on a new downtown SMART station. Now just a year later the city is out of money, cutting services and planning to raise taxes. I wonder how many people use the SMART downtown Novato station each day? And what will be the cost each household in Novato will pay for these lucky “winners”.

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If Measure I fails SMART will not go away. They still have nine years of funding to fix their many problems.

Vote NO on I.
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If Measure I fails SMART will not go away. They still have nine years of funding to fix their many problems.

Vote NO on I.

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STOP SMART IS feeding All of you with False and Misleading Information here is the truth Sonomamarintrain.org

The Democratic Party Here in Sonoma County is Supporting Measure I. That's 117K Democratic Supporters compared too 58K Republicans. Not Sure Of Democrat Number in Marin same with Republicans

We are in trouble when a rich woman can have undue influence over public services simply because they have money to burn. The Gallagher's don't need to take the train or have low fare, so they are killing it for everybody who does. when they don't have kids in school they will put big bucks into killing the School System because they don't like paying taxes for something they don't want. Any road they don't like they don't' want to pay for because it does not generate enough income to pay its way? I admit the management of Smart has not been transparent enough, but should we kill the who system just because they screwed up. I don't think she would burn down her house because she didn't like the curtains.

Got the latest flyer -- was hoping it would include --- CO$T, Coalition of Sensible Taxpayers recommendation: MEASURE I: Vote NO SMART ¼-cent sales tax extension through 2059 is too long and too soon. SMART is a mess financially and operationally. SMART now has half the passengers and twice the staff originally promised. SMART has made greenhouse gases worse: cars stuck in SMART-induced traffic in San Rafael spew exhaust and near-empty trains burn diesel. Voting NO is the only way to force a fix.

SMART needs a reevaluation not 2.4 billion more dollars.

Hmmm...”The Press Democrat” supports the SMART tax extension, and suddenly there’s an anti-Press Democrat flyer from the Gallaher’s and Flater’s in the mail, intimating that the PD is biased. What a complete crock. The Gallaher’s have an ax to grind - they don’t like the fact that a number of their housing development proposals have been vetoed by various city councils, some members of whom serve on the SMART Board, and IMO, their anti-SMART actions are pure retaliation. The Gallaher’s don’t commute by train, they fly in their corporate jet, so when they talk about “taxpayer” dollars being their “concern”, don’t believe a word of it. The SMARTrain tax deserves an extension, so that it can grow and become a truly regional transit system for Marin, Sonoma and even Napa counties. Vote Yes on the Extension!

South Carolina-based Gotcha (Tax Dollars $2,753.33 per bicycle) Mobility, and was finalized last week ahead of Monday’s vote by the Sonoma County Transportation Authority’s board. The agreement, which is funded through an $826,000 regional grant awarded in late 2017, is for (just 300 bicycles abandoned our sidewalks for only) three years, with an option to expand the pilot by 50 bikes and another two years if the program catches on with area commuters... Wow, that 'only' costs over $1,000 per year per bicycle when you add rental fees!!! www.pressdemocrat.com/news/10697524-181/electric-bike-share-system-en-route

Kill the dumb train.

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"There always seems to be a giant sucking sound associated with SMART and its taxes and numerous taxpayer funded grants. No on I. It’s for the kids! (apologies to David Hockney)"
-Seamus O'Ramus
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There always seems to be a giant sucking sound associated with SMART and its taxes and numerous taxpayer funded grants. No on I. It’s for the kids! (apologies to David Hockney)
-Seamus ORamus

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Thanks, @seamus.oramus!

STOP SMART. YOUR SELFISH AND UNEDUCATED

HERE'S ANOTHER PIECE OF SHIT MEASURE. VOTE NO ON I! THESE ASSHOLES DON'T NEED ANY MORE MONEY.

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