Although consumers seem to be tightening the belt in 2008, the voters approved Measure A-2008, the transportation funding election item (renamed from Measure D#2 which was defeated by voters in 2007 and 2006). This new, excessive sales tax will for 30 years cost the taxpayer about a $1.0 BILLION dollars with the same loopholes of the old Measure D.
Contrary to promises associated with Measure D, the potholes actually increased, (except when temporarily patched just before elections) and the freeway was not widened during this tax. Now the public has been told that even more money is needed.
Measure A is an irresponsible and carefully designed plan to promote more unsafe traffic congestion in Santa Barbara County while playing on the needs of two small areas of the County (the far north east and the urban Santa Ynez Valley and Lompoc). What is obvious, there will be increased local disruption of roads, streets, and bridges, while providing lucrative contracts to heavily funded marketing organizations. All the while "research" and construction of disproven transportation (like curb bulbouts) and recreation usage will go on siphoning tax money from streets and roads.
The County and Cities funded marketing campaigns strategically promising different things to different areas of the County Measure A is an irresponsible and carefully designed plan to promote more unsafe traffic congestion in Santa Barbara County, while providing lucrative contracts to affiliated contractors and heavily funded marketing organizations. There is currently more than ample money for transportation construction and maintenance from various sources.
Local politicians have purposefully refused to request federal funding, and misused local projects to suit "political" agendas to gain control and provide extra work for contractors. All the while "research" and construction of disproven transportation (like curb bulbouts) and recreation usage will go on siphoning tax money from streets and roads. Sales, especially of autos and other large purchases, will continue to plummet as people go out of the County to purchase at lower tax rates.
We will carefully watch and report the continuing fiction, fantasy, waste and malfeasance. If the public sees waste and ridiculous public works contact us. We appreciate your verifiable input
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