Opinion: Vote ‘no’ on Placer County’s Measure M
Measure M is a regressive 30-year tax increase for a short-term “Band-Aid” approach that ignores underlying transportation issues in Placer County.
As a 0.5 percent sales tax, it is regressive, placing greater burdens on lower-income households, while large, profitable subdivisions continue to be approved without adequate road-funding requirements.
The bulk of Measure M funds will not be spent on expanded, improved public transit, or on connectivity to additional safe bike lanes and sidewalks. Such viable, long-term solutions are tossed only a small bone.
Last year, the Sierra Club submitted comments to the PCTPA, citing needs to reduce GHG and provided doable options for a change of direction. Instead of enhanced, workable public transit, the PCTPA chose a “business as usual,” auto-centric” plan which will tax citizens for more roads, which in turn will bring more development, traffic, gridlock, ad infinitum.
The Sierra Club urges a NO vote on Measure M.
Marilyn Jasper, Conservation Chair
Sierra Club Placer Group