As many of you know, Metro is working on an update to its long-range transportation plan (LRTP). The LRTP is the “road map” that determines how Metro will spend its money on transportation projects and programs in the coming decades.
While working with local cities and stakeholders to update the project list, Metro is considering a potential ballot measure to raise money for projects in the new LRTP. As part of that effort, Metro is seeking passage of a state bill — known as SB 767 — that would give Metro the legal authority in a future election to ask voters to consider a sales tax increase.
The good news for Metro: the bill was recently approved in the state Assembly and Senate. The bill is now on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown, who can either sign the bill, allow it to become law without his signature or veto it.
It’s important to note that the Metro Board of Directors has not yet decided on a long-range plan, nor has the Board decided what, if any, sales tax increase it would ask voters to approve. The state bill allows for an increase up to a half-cent. A decision about the potential ballot measure is expected to be made by the Board next year in the late spring or early summer. As more details emerge in the coming months, I’ll do my best to make sure all the information you need is provided here.
For those interested in this process, the following sample letter from Metro can be used to express support to the Governor for SB 767. Letters can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (916) 558-3177, preferably by this Friday.
And here is a background sheet from Senate Presidet Pro Tem Kevin de Leon: