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
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
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.