Vote NO on VC Measure AA- WHY?

cialis arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>press_release_iconVote NO on Measure AA sales tax.

 

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MEASURE AA – A BAD IDEA FOR VENTURA COUNTY

When government says it wants to impose a “TEMPORARY 30-YEAR” tax, that usually means it’s time for taxpayers to hold on to their wallets – and not let go. This year, the Ventura County Transportation Commission is sponsoring a $3.3 BILLION TAX INCREASE, made up of a 30-year increase in the sales tax that it says will fund “transportation.”

Ventura County certainly has transportation needs, and investment in infrastructure is important. But this sounds a lot more like the terribly flawed high speed rail project California voters were sold just a few years ago.  Back then, we were given vague promises and optimistic forecasts about the project coming in on time and under budget. But that wasn’t true. And the high-speed rail boondoggle just keeps getting worse.

“We need to demand accountability in government and responsibility from our representatives – not more taxes and larger government. This is one tax increase too many and for too long.”

The VCTC proposal wants to spend $210 million on trains and another $240 million on empty buses that are already running empty. The VCTC plan also calls for $240 million in new bike lanes and pedestrian trails – not to mention an estimated $80 million in administration fees.  That is over $1 BILLION that will not be used to improve transportation.   It has been estimated that most cities in Ventura County will receive only 50 percent of the funds generated by the tax increase. Is that fair?  Our concern is that the Ventura County Transportation Commission plan is full of generalities and short on specifics.

We need to demand accountability in government and responsibility from our representatives – not more taxes and larger government. This is one tax Increase too many and for too long. WE SHOULD JUST SAY NO!

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