This site discusses the tremendous problems with Measure X, a sales tax hike designed to “improve” our road infrastructure.
The measure, unfortunately, has enormous shortcomings.
One of the most important reasons to reject this new tax is that huge monetary infusions are expected from the recently enacted Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. This act guarantees a massive investment into American roadways with existing federal monies. The infusion of money into our local road infrastructure during the next 5 years will dwarf what this new tax could collect, rendering it unnecessary.
The measure is also unfair to the less fortunate. Sales taxes are highly regressive and will disproportionately punish low and middle-income residents. Monterey County already has the 3rd highest sales taxes in CA. Why should we make it worse for our residents and visitors, especially when it is not necessary?
The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) needs to focus its efforts on collecting already collected and available federal, state and local dollars instead of greatly expanding its mission into becoming a taxing and bonding agency! TAMC has already been caught and punished for mismanagement of its roadway projects. It promises it has improved its methods, but we are gravely concerned that expanding its mission could jeopardize those improvements by inflating its management complexity.