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May 14, 2013 > Infrastructure tax bill moves forward

Infrastructure tax bill moves forward

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

The state Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee approved a bill by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) May 6, 2013 that would authorize Alameda and Contra Costa Counties to put transportation sales tax measures on the ballot between 2014 and 2020. The bill was approved on a five to one vote and will next be considered by the full Assembly.

"These two counties understand the importance of maintaining our roads, repairing our streets and making it easier for residents and workers to get from Point A to Point B," Wieckowski said. "Making sure they have the funds for future transportation projects is critical to the East Bay's economic growth. This bill allows them to put together transportation proposals and seek the voters' approval on the ballot. I believe there is strong support for such improvements and the needs are not going to disappear."

AB 210 would grant both counties the authority to exceed the two percent local sales tax cap if voters approve a transportation ballot measure by Dec. 31, 2020. The two counties cannot put a measure on the ballot without first getting approval from the state Legislature.

The Contra Costa County Transportation Authority, Alameda County Transportation Commission and Metropolitan Transportation Commission support AB 210. The American Society of Civil Engineers in its Report Card on America's Infrastructure gave California a C- for the quality of its transportation infrastructure. Over the next three decades, California counties are projected to pump $95 billion into their aging transportation systems.

Assemblymember Wieckowski represents the 25th Assembly District, which includes parts of Fremont and San Jose, and all of Newark, Milpitas and Santa Clara.

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