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Aside from big questions surrounding whether SANDAG’s proposed sales tax increase will generate the amount the agency says it will, opponents point to other promises they think could go unfulfilled — like whether SANDAG will complete the highest-priority projects within 15 years, whether it will use local labor and whether the measure will do anything to improve water quality.

When voters approved TransNet in 2004, they were told the billions it would generate for infrastructure projects would be overseen by an independent oversight committee. Now, as SANDAG considers another tax increase, it’s not clear at all how independent the oversight committee actually is.

SANDAG released two proposals for how it might spend $18 billion from a potential tax increase. One plan focuses on helping cities solve their infrastructure shortfalls. The other is geared toward regional projects like highways and major transit upgrades, but offers no money to local infrastructure.

Councilman David Alvarez’s new infrastructure proposal acknowledges a problem that’s been going on for more than five years. Even though the city doesn’t have enough cash to fix its crumbling infrastructure, it can’t spend the money it does have quickly enough.