A Blank Check For An Unnecessary Tax Increase

$2.4 billion dollars in new taxes is a massive amount of money. Measure I is too much for something that does so little, and with no accountability.

This 30-year extension of Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District’s (SMART) current sales tax doesn’t even expire for another nine years. So why does SMART need your money?

Measure I gives SMART a blank check with our sales tax dollars until 2059 — allowing it to spend tax revenue on things that don’t impact transportation without any transparency and without any new or better budget oversight.

Source: 2019 Strategic Plan
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COSTLY AND INEFFICIENT

For each round trip on SMART, the subsidy is more than $100. That means it costs an additional $100 per round trip for each rider on top of what riders pay for their ticket.

Supporters are trying to extend the sales tax now so SMART can borrow money to pay for a gamble they made on risky debt. This tax increase will give them license to continue mismanaging taxpayer funds

Connections to other public transit like the ferry aren’t synced — forcing passengers to wait as much as 90 minutes before the next ferry departs.

Source: SMART Fiscal Plan 2020.
Press Democrat, November 20, 2019
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POOR MANAGEMENT AND BAD DECISIONS

SMART will spend $65 million for just a three-mile extension to Windsor that won’t generate many additional riders.

SMART disagreed with 13 findings of an independent grand jury report. It did not implement 7of 8 of the report’s recommendations designed to improve the agency’s financial oversight and its communication with the public. SMART continues to disregard warnings on its operations.

Vote NO on Measure I and send a strong message to SMART that they can’t waste anymore taxpayer money.

Source: Press Democrat, Nov 16, 2019. Marin County Civil Grand Jury Report, 2014. Sonoma County Grand Jury Report 2013.
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The more people that vote, the more likely Measure I fails. Make sure you are registered and make sure you vote. ... See MoreSee Less

The more people that vote, the more likely Measure I fails.  Make sure you are registered and make sure you vote.

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When's the last day to disclose when wealthy heiresses have tried to buy a campaign?

The Bike Coalition is now saying the same as us. SMART has used them and ignored the path. SMART boasts of all the miles of path built, while not paying for it. It has passed the buck to the cities and counties. SMART says it has the Bike Coalitions’ support, but it doesn’t.In the IJ article linked below, a SMART Director is quoted as saying that SMART's pathways in Marin are "predominantly done.” This couldn't be further from the truth; as shown in the map below, about seven miles of gaps remain between San Rafael and Novato. Our map shows segments built by SMART in blue (they're so short that you can't see them at this scale) and segments built by other agencies in green.

www.marinij.com/2020/01/18/supporters-opponents-make-their-case-on-smart-train-tax-extension-meas...
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The Bike Coalition is now saying the same as us.  SMART has used them and ignored the path. SMART boasts of all the miles of path built, while not paying for it. It has passed the buck to the cities and counties. SMART says it has the Bike Coalitions’ support, but it doesn’t.

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"“I think it raises questions why a multimillionaire family would spend over a half-million dollars to take down the SMART train and take away transit options from people who are reliant on it,” said Novato Councilman Eric Lucan, board chairman of SMART. “It’s not just concerning to me or the campaign, but should be a concern to voters, and it should be a concern to democracy.” www.pressdemocrat.com/news/10595957-181/wealthy-donor-spends-500k-to

It’s good to see that the bike coalition realizes they were used to get the issue passed and will not support this ripoff.

Tax payers should never of paid towards this

There’s an abundance of bike paths already, they’re called “streets”!

Yes, but there’s a major difference here. They’re trying to see the bike lane built. You’re using money provided by a wealthy anti-tax zealot to try and destroy a system of public transportation.

We were robbed! No on I

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Measure I is a 30 year $2.4 Billion blank check. #stopsmart

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Measure I is a 30 year $2.4 Billion blank check. #StopSmart

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Each SMART round trip costs taxpayers $100. #stopsmart

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Each SMART round trip costs taxpayers $100. #StopSmart

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California's don't care. They don't mind giving the government more of their money. Stupid voters!!!

Actually, that is what it was suppose to cost under the best case predicted in the original ballot measure that passed it. that was before cost overrun, that was a fully built out to Cloverdale system, and that was PACKED FULL - it is more likely that it costs several thousand per passenger round trip!

Is that 100. per trip of the train, or 100 per rider?

Mansourian has collected over $1.7 million as SMART's General Manager. #stopsmart

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Mansourian has collected over $1.7 million as SMARTs General Manager. #StopSmart

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Is Mr Mansourian the person that was hiding the low and declining passenger numbers?

The cost of his salary is less than comparable geographic regions with lower costs of living. But the political threats to a SMART shot the cost of attracting a GM way higher. www.pressdemocrat.com/csp/mediapool/sites/PressDemocrat/News/story.csp?

Park SMART. Cut our losses.

The engineers and conductors are paid a fortune too

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