On the November ballot, SANDAG will ask San Diego voters to approve the ‘San Diego County Road Repair, Transit, Traffic Relief, Safety, and Water Quality Measure.’ BVAS has concerns with a measure that is long on road construction and almost silent on habitat and water quality protection.
While $2 billion out of this $18 billion ordinance is dedicated to acquiring and protecting habitat, there are few restrictions on how that money will be allocated and no indication of who will control the spending. While the expenditure plan contains seven pages of details of how funding for the roads and transit will be spent, only three lines describe how the habitat revenue will be spent.
How much money will actually go toward habitat and open space acquisition and protection? And, how will we meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals with a measure that increases traffic? This tax measure moves San Diego County in the wrong direction.