Measure B, which increased the annual vehicle registration fee of Marin County residents by $10 to help fund transportation improvements, was approved by 63% of voters in 2010. Revenues generated by Measure B contribute $2 million per year to Marin County transportation projects and programs.
How are the vehicle registration fees spent?
The Measure B Strategic Plan outlines how the vehicle registration fee revenues are distributed to projects, as well as the oversight process. The strategic plan establishes the timing of allocations and addresses funding priorities. It also reconciles the timing of expected revenues with the schedule for when those revenues are needed in order for sponsors to deliver projects and services.
It’s important to note that the strategic plan itself does not constitute a final funding commitment. Commitments to individual projects and programs are secured through actual allocation actions by the TAM Board of Commissioners.
Revenues generated by Measure B are distributed to the following three areas:
- Maintain Local Streets and Pathways: Includes local streets and bicycle and pedestrian pathways
- Improve Transit for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities: Includes Paratransit Plus, Volunteer Driver Program support, low-income rider scholarships, Gap-Grant Program, mobility management staffing
- Reduce Congestion and Pollution: Includes school safety and congestion reduction, local Marin County commute alternatives, alternative fuels infrastructure and promotion
A brief history: How Measure B came into being
In 2009, State Bill (SB) 83 (Hancock) authorized TAM to propose an annual fee of up to $10 on motor vehicles registered in the County for transportation programs and projects. In 2010, TAM conducted a survey of Marin voters to determine the feasibility of a $10 vehicle registration fee for improvements to transportation. Based on positive public response, the TAM Board of Commissioners authorized TAM staff to develop a draft Expenditure Plan. An Expenditure Plan Advisory Committee (EPAC) was created to help TAM in evaluating potential programs and projects that could benefit from the vehicle registration fee.
The Measure B Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF) passed by Marin County voters in 2010 is coming up for a 10-year review. The review process was moved to this year due to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Measure B contributes approximately $2.3M to help fund a variety of transportation projects and programs in Marin County.
The review process will begin at the Citizen’s Oversight Committee meeting on May 16 and is expected to continue each month through September. A 45-day comment period will be opened once the review is presented to the TAM Board of Commissioners targeted for early 2023.
The following meeting schedule has been developed based on the overview shared with the COC in March. COC meetings are tentatively planned for May, June, July and September 2022:
• May 16th, 2022, COC Meeting: Introduction/Funding Landscape/New Ideas
• June 20th, 2022, COC Meeting: Elements 1, 2 & 3 Updates (DPW, Marin Transit, TAM staff)
• July 18th, 2022, COC Meeting: Introduction to Changes Explored by TAM
• September 19th, 2022, COC Meeting: Staff proposes amendments, if any, and COC votes on recommendations
• October 2022 to January 2023: FPL Executive Committee and TAM Board consideration of proposed amendments, if any
• January 2023 TAM Board Meeting: TAM opens 45-day comment period and conducts public hearing for any changes proposed
• March 2023 TAM Board Meeting: TAM Board adopts Measure B Expenditure Plan
Measure B is estimated to raise $2 million annually from vehicle registration fees (VRF).
|Element||% of VRF revenues||Purpose|
|Element 1: Maintain Local Streets and Pathways||40%||Maintains and improves Marin County’s local streets for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users.|
|Element 2: Improve Transit for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities||35%||Distributed to Marin Transit for Mobility Management programs and enhancements to the specialized transportation system for people with disabilities (e.g., paratransit) to include older adults regardless of disability status.|
|Element 3: Reduce Congestion and Pollution||25%||Funds projects/programs that can reduce congestion and pollution in Marin, including School Safety and Congestion Reduction; Local Marin County Commute Alternatives; and Alternative Fuels Infrastructure and Promotion.|