MARIN VOTERS APPROVE MEASURE B
On November 2, 2010, Marin residents voted to pass Measure B which increased the annual vehicle registration fee by $10 to help fund transportation improvements. The final certification of the canvass of votes showed that the initiative passed with a 63.05% approval vote which was the highest in the Bay Area. A Strategic Plan for VRF revenue is being drafted by TAM staff to be presented at a future TAM Board meeting. This document will explain how the funds will be distributed as well as the oversight process. The Board will engage in a discussion regarding formula decisions along with optional programming decisions that need to be made as to how some of this funding will be expended. Please check back for more information on this document.
On July 28, 2011, the TAM Board adopted the Measure B Strategic Plan to explain how the funds will be distributed to each of the elements, as well as the oversight process.
Measure B Strategic Plan
HISTORY BEHIND TAM'S VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEE
SB 83 (Hancock) was signed into law by the governor on October 11, 2009. SB 83 authorizes a countywide transportation planning agency, TAM in Marin County, by a majority vote of the agency’s board, to propose an annual fee of up to $10 on motor vehicles registered within the county for transportation programs and projects. The bill requires simple majority voter approval of the measure.
At its meeting of November 19, 2009, the TAM Board of Commissioners authorized TAM staff to evaluate the process of developing a vehicle registration fee (VRF) initiative for the November 2010 ballot in Marin County. The process to place the VRF on the ballot – including the required Expenditure Plan – is listed in the SB 83 VRF Process Table.
In February 2010, TAM conducted a survey of Marin Voters to determine the feasibility of a $10 vehicle registration fee for improvements to transportation. The survey findings indicated a likely success for a VRF ballot measure. Based on positive public response, the TAM Board of Commissioners authorized TAM staff to continue with the process with development of a draft Expenditure Plan.
An Expenditure Plan Advisory Committee (EPAC) has been established to assist TAM in evaluating potential programs and projects that could benefit from this VRF should TAM choose to place this on the ballot and it passes by a simple majority by the voters.
Watch the video which demonstrates, first hand, of the unfunded transportation needs in Marin. View the "History of Transportation Needs in Marin County" PowerPoint.
The first meeting of the EPAC which was open to the public was held on Monday, March 8, 2010 at 5:00 p.m in the San Rafael Corporate Center (750 Lindaro Street, San Rafael). EPAC members, representing various transportation constituencies, provided strong advocacy and a broad range of ideas for various transportation projects and programs that are underfunded and could utilize VRF revenue.
APRIL 21, 2010 - THIRD MEETINGLocation: San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San RafaelAgenda Packet
MARCH 31, 2010 - SECOND MEETINGLocation: Tamalpais Conference Room, 750 Lindaro Street, San RafaelAgenda packet
MARCH 8, 2010 - FIRST MEETINGLocation: Tamalpais Conference Room; 750 Lindaro Street, San RafaelAgenda Supporting Documents from the March 8 meeting:
On July 22, 2010, the TAM Board of Commissioners approved placing an initiative on the November 2, 2010 ballot which will ask voters to approve a $10 increase in the vehicle registration fee to fund transportation-related projects and programs in Marin County.
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