SF Bay restoration: 9-county Measure AA passing

By John Ling : sfchronicle – excerpt

The Bay Area’s first-ever nine-county ballot measure — a 20-year parcel tax intended to raise $500 million for marsh restoration and improved public access along the bay’s shoreline — was leading comfortably early Wednesday, with its strongest support from the most populous counties.

Measure AA would impose a flat tax of $12 per parcel per year throughout the region. Passage requires a cumulative two-thirds majority vote. The measure had a cumulative 69 percent of the vote, with more than half of all precincts in the Bay Area reporting, according to a Chronicle tally.

REAL-TIME VOTE TOTALS (NEEDS TWO-THIRDS MARGIN TO PASS)
Measure – AA – SF Bay Restoration – Ballot Issue
June 08, 2016 – 04:37PM ET
California – 4643 of 4643 Precincts Reporting – 100%

Name Votes Vote %
Yes 837,162 69%
No 371,542 31%

A dedicated revenue source for the bay has long been a goal of local environmentalists. Among other benefits, they argue that the widespread restoration of marshes along the northern and southern edges of the bay would help to buffer inland areas from sea-level rise in coming decades, and from the combination of high tides and severe storms…

Opponents of Measure AA were critical of the board’s appointed status. They warned that allowing such a governing board to control and dispense tax revenues was a step toward regional government.

They also criticized the $12-per-parcel formula, because it would tax individual homeowners the same as corporate property owners, rather than linking taxes to the assessed value of individual parcels of land.

Aside from libertarians and several taxpayer groups, there was little organized opposition to Measure AA. Not so with the campaign in support of the measure: The list of 1,600 endorsements included Gov. Jerry Brown and both the state’s U.S. senators, as well as mayors from across the Bay Area and such organizations as the San Francisco Labor Council and the Bay Area Council, a business advocacy group… (more)

Might some of the money be used to cover cost overruns on the spiffy new MTC office? http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/05/25/mtc-unveils-new-office-building-completed-way-overbudget/

 

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