Measure A was approved by a 71.2% margin on the November 2, 2004 ballot. The tax went into effect on April 1, 2005.
The Transportation Sales Tax Expenditure Plan (TSTEP) Addresses Competing Needs
Hundreds of Marin residents, including elected officials and planners, met and participated in public forums over four years to decide the best way to address Marin's transportation needs. The process was conducted by a Joint Committee of the Board of Supervisors, Marin County Transit District, and Marin County Congestion Management Agency, and included representation from each city and town in Marin. In 2003, participants created a "Transportation Vision" that outlined $1.6 billion in desired projects, and noted that a source of local funding was the necessary first step to address the most immediate needs. A 1/2-cent sales tax was the most feasible option available.
Citizens' Advisory Committees in each part of the County, representing the many diverse interests in Marin, provided input that resulted in a draft Expenditure Plan. The draft plan was presented to each of Marin's City/Town Councils and to numerous stakeholder groups. Their comments prompted refinements reflected in the final Transportation Sales Tax Expenditure Plan.
The TSTEP is administered by the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM). Its 16-member board consists of the Board of Supervisors and a council member from each incorporated city/town. The Authority is accountable to a 12-member Citizens' Oversight Committee, created with the assistance of the League of Women Voters. The committee reviews all expenditures and reports annually to the public. Salaries and benefits for the Authority's staff may not exceed 1% of sales tax revenues collected.
In addition to TAM, the following agencies approved the plan:
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