SANDAG is committed to trying to raise taxes on voters countywide this November. They’re just not sure yet what they want the money to pay for.
The countywide half-cent tax increase would raise $18 billion over the next 40 years, and the regional planning agency SANDAG – an agency with representatives from cities all over the county – is trying to figure out a package of projects to spend the money on that can win the approval of two-thirds of county voters.
SANDAG is also trying to win over a narrower group: transit and environmental advocates who want to ensure the measure doesn’t go toward more highway expansion projects. Since the tax measure needs approval from two-thirds of all voters, SANDAG needs support from a swath of interests – labor, environmentalists and business groups like the Chamber of Commerce.
SANDAG released two proposals for how it might spend $18 billion over the next 40 years. One plan focuses on helping each city solve its own infrastructure shortfalls. The other one is geared toward regional projects like highways and major transit upgrades, but offers no money to fixing local infrastructure.