What's next for Measure X?

TAMC optimistic about uphill battle that lies ahead

What's next for Measure X?

MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. -  The Transportation Agency of Monterey County has been working for a year getting Measure X on the ballot, and now that tax increase will come down to the voters.

"We presented it to the board of supervisors, they adopted it. And agreed to ask the elections department to place it on the ballot," said TAMC Community Outreach Coordinator Theresa Wright.

TAMC and TAMC legal counsel met to speak about what is and is not allowed as they move forward.

"If we go out as an entity and really advocate for something that's getting really close to the line of campaigning. On the other hand if someone asks you a question, then you can answer," said TAMC Legal Counsel Kay Reimann.

State and federal cuts have prompted local governments to find ways to generate money, and with that issues arise regarding how those public bodies operate in the election.

"Cases have indicated that if the government puts it's thumb too much on the side of any particular ballot measure because of the treasury that the public has, that's not really a free election," said Reimann.

TAMC has an uphill battle in passing the measure.

"For example a school bond, all they need is 55-ppercent. For a sales tax like this, we need a two-thirds majority, so that's a high hurdle," said Wright.

If passed, the three-eighths percent sales tax would fund projects around the County.

"What we're anticipating is 20-million a year, so over a course of 30 years we're talking about 600-million dollars. 60 Percent will go back to the cities and back to the county to deal with basic road maintenance," said Wright.

The other 40 Percent will be for regional projects.


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