No on Measure I: SMART too expensive to operate

Argus Courier | January 17, 2020

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Now that SMART’s tax extension measure (Measure I) is on the March ballot, the hype from rail proponents, SMART board members and SMART’s general manager is in full gear.

SMART was an uneconomic dream in 2008 when voters approved a quarter cent sales tax to fund the agency through March 2029. Nothing has changed in 11 years. The SMART board and its followers continue to make claims and promises about SMART on their websites and public proclamations, in direct contradiction of two economic fundamentals: