Measure X has enormous shortcomings. Sales taxes are highly regressive and will disproportionately impact low and middle-income residents. Plus, if this new road tax passes, many communities will be paying over a 10 percent sales tax.
One of the most important reasons to reject this new tax is that the recently enacted Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act guarantees a massive investment into American roadways with existing federal monies. The infusion of money into our local road infrastructure during the next 5 years will dwarf what measure X could collect, rendering it unnecessary.
The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) should focus its efforts on collecting those dollars from the federal government instead of greatly expanding its mission into becoming a taxing and bonding agency.
Another annoying fact is that TAMC, like most government bodies, use huge amounts of taxpayers’ money to support its proposed tax increases. Moreover, TAMC was recently fined over $800,000 by the State of California for mismanaging its procurement contracts. Why give more money to an agency that has a habit of wasting taxpayers’ money?
Taxes on gasoline at the filling station pumps are more than enough to pay for road infrastructure and repairs. But politicians instead spend gasoline-generated taxes on non-road projects. This is why they need want more of our money.
More Info. on Measure X: http://voteNOonX.com/