Alameda County Transportation Sales Tax Increase, Measure B1 (November 2012)
If Measure B1 is approved, it will permanently double the transportation sales tax paid in the county from half-a-cent to one full cent. Proceeds from this tax are targeted within the county to keep the roads in good repair.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote is required for approval, because in California, when a local sales tax measure is earmarked for a specific purpose (as is the case with Measure B1), it requires a higher threshold for approval than local sales tax measures that are not earmarked for specific purposes.
The question on the ballot:
| MEASURE B1: "￼￼Shall a new Transportation Expenditure Plan be implemented to address current and future transportation needs that:
Approval extends the existing County sales tax and increases it by 1/2 cent, with independent oversight, local job creation programs. No money can be taken by the state.
- Mercury News, "Tax measures piling up on Bay Area ballots this November", August 11, 2012
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