Alameda County Transportation Sales Tax Increase, Measure B1 (November 2012)

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An Alameda County Permanent Doubling of the Transportation Sales Tax, Measure B1 ballot question was on the November 6, 2012, ballot for voters in Alameda County, where it was narrowly defeated.[1]

If Measure B1 had been approved, it would have permanently doubled 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 two-thirds supermajority vote was required for approval, because in California, when a local sales tax measure is earmarked for a specific purpose (as was the case with Measure B1), it requires a higher threshold for approval than local sales tax measures that are not earmarked for specific purposes.

Election results

Measure B1
Defeatedd No134,92634.62%
Yes 254,790 65.38%
These election results are not final. They are from the Alameda County elections office. Provisional, absentee and other ballots will be added to these results over the next 2-3 weeks. This election is currently too close to call. This page will be updated frequently as new vote totals are announced by the county and again when the final results are known.

Ballot text

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE B1: "Shall a new Transportation Expenditure Plan be implemented to address current and future transportation needs that:
  • Improves transit access to jobs and schools;
  • Fixes roads, improves highways and increases bicycle and pedestrian safety;
  • Reduces traffic congestion and improves air quality;
  • Keeps senior, youth, and disabled fares affordable.

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.[2]

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  1. Mercury News, "Tax measures piling up on Bay Area ballots this November", August 11, 2012
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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