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September 3, 2013 > Wieckowski bill allows sales tax limit exemption

Wieckowski bill allows sales tax limit exemption

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski's (D-Fremont) bill on August 28, 2013 to allow Alameda and Contra Costa counties to put measures on the ballot to fund transportation infrastructure improvements.

"I applaud the Governor's support for AB 210," Wieckowski said of the transportation bill. "Governor Brown recognizes the need to invest in our infrastructure and I'm sure he appreciates the fact that none of these projects will go forward without the support of local voters. We have a strong coalition in support - local transportation agencies, cities throughout the region, business and labor, plus the Port of Oakland."

AB 210 would authorize Alameda and Contra Costa counties to go above the local 2 percent sales tax limit if voters approve county-wide transportation ballot measures by Dec. 31, 2020. This exemption is needed because some cities in both counties enacted citywide sales tax measures that brought both counties up to the 2 percent limit.

In 2012, voters in Alameda County strongly supported a countywide transportation measure by 66.53 percent. But Measure B1 came just 721 votes short of the needed two-thirds threshold. The Alameda County Transportation Commission is hoping to put another measure before voters.

Contra Costa County is in the process of updating its countywide transportation plan and might offer a ballot measure in the future after talking to its local communities and developing a list of projects.

The countywide plans are developed after considerable public community input from all parts of the counties.

Wieckowski represents the 25th District, which includes San Jose, Milpitas, Santa Clara, Fremont and Newark.

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