Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit District Sales Tax, Measure R (November 2006)

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A Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit District Sales Tax, Measure R ballot question was on the November 7, 2006 ballot for voters in Marin County and Sonoma County, where it was defeated.[1]

If Measure R had been approved, it would have imposed a 1/4 cent sales tax for 20 years. The funds from the tax would have gone from the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) to "construct, operate, and maintain a passenger rail project and bicycle/pedestrian pathway on publicly owned right-of-way, from Cloverdale in Sonoma County, to Larkspur in Marin County, with a connection to the Larkspur - San Francisco ferry."

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was needed for approval. 70.1% of voters in Sonoma County approved the measure, but only 57.51% of voters in Marin voted "yes," which brought the cumulative total percentage in favor to 65.3%.

Two years after the defeat of Measure R, Measure Q, which was substantially similar to Measure R, was approved with 69.6% of the vote.

Election results

Measure R
County: Yes No
Votes  % Votes  %
Marin County 59,774 57.51% 44,168 42.49%
Sonoma County 118,382 70.1% 50,505 29.9%
Totals: 178,156 65.3% 94,673 34.7%
These final, certified, election results are from the Marin County elections office and the Sonoma County elections office.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure R: "Shall an ordinance be adopted authorizing the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) to construct, operate, and maintain a passenger rail project and bicycle/pedestrian pathway on publicly owned right-of-way, from Cloverdale in Sonoma County, to Larkspur in Marin County, with a connection to the Larkspur - San Francisco ferry; imposing a 1/4 cent sales tax for 20 years; establishing a Citizens Oversight Committee; and establishing an annual spending cap?"[2]

See also

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References

  1. Smart Voter, Measure R
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.