What is Measure A?
Measure A is a 40-year half-cent sales tax increase that would cost Sacramento County taxpayers $8.5 billion — while failing to deliver on its basic promises. It was written by special interests, for special interests.
Who is against Measure A in Sacramento County?
Sierra Club, Sacramento Taxpayers Association, League of Women Voters Sacramento County, United Latinos, Save the American River Association, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, Environmental Democrats of Sacramento County, Sacramento County Republican Party and more are voting NO.
Why vote “NO” on Measure A – Sacramento
Here’s the truth about the tax special interests placed on the ballot.
Measure A is bankrolled by wealthy special interests like the Cordova Hills Development Corporation that want taxpayers like you to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for roads that will benefit their development projects. Developers should pay these costs, not taxpayers.
This new sales tax will increase the cost of nearly every consumer good, and will hit lower and middle income individuals hardest. We have higher priorities for our tax dollars than subsidizing wealthy developers. We need more affordable housing and we need to reduce homelessness.
The measure prioritizes investments that increase sprawl and traffic, undermining decades of land use and transportation planning. New roads and highways in isolated areas destroy natural and rural land, bring in more cars and traffic, worsen air quality, and create new infrastructure costs and maintenance. Measure A projects will also damage the American River Parkway. That’s why the Sierra Club and Save the American River Association both urge No on A.
Measure A sets Sacramento up to fail climate targets — and miss out on key funding for infrastructure, transportation and housing.
If the anticipated road projects are built, analysis indicates the region will fail state-mandated climate targets, threatening our region’s livability in the face of rising heat and wildfires. Because the measure sets up our region to fail these targets, we stand to lose eligibility for billions of dollars in critical state and federal transportation and affordable housing grants.
Measure A pays lip-service to equity, but doesn’t make meaningful investments in underserved communities.
The measure dedicates hundreds of millions for special interest road projects, while only committing 3% of funds for transportation for seniors and the disabled. It also fails to prioritize investments in historically underserved communities.
Sacramento consistently ranks as one of the ten worst regions for air quality nationally. More roads and highways are just more sources of air pollution. In other words, more kids with asthma, more people with heart and lung problems. Yet only 2% of measure funds go towards monitoring air quality.
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