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NO on Caltratn tax

Original post made by Bill, another community, on Apr 12, 2020

While everyone was preoccupied with the virus scare, I was horrified to read that Caltrain, the agency with an overpaid CEO, is proposing ANOTHER sales tax increase. Vote NO. Over the last several elections, voters in Santa Clara County have passed multiple tax and fee increases including gas taxes, two bridge toll increases, three VTA sales taxes, Santa Clara County’s Measure A 1/8 cent sales tax, the state prop 30 ¼ cent sales tax and the 2010 Measure B Vehicle Registration Fee of $10. Additionally, we’re on the hook to pay back numerous state bond issues including high speed rail, the Proposition 1 water bond and the infrastructure bonds of 2006.

It is time to reconsider transportation finance. The last thing we need right now is another bump in the sales tax. When the virus scare began, the congestion problem went away when companies began encouraging staff to work from home at least part of the time. Let's encourage more working at home when the virus scare is over. This tax would not be necessary if there were not as much demand.

We need to make sure this awful idea gets nipped in the bud. If you feel Caltrain must have more money despite increased working from home, please consider either diverting existing sales tax from the overpriced BART extension to San Jose (eliminate the Santa Clara portion) or raising taxes on the rich tech companies that are responsible for the congestion problem.

Comments (3)

Posted by Covid Train
a resident of Whisman Station
on Apr 14, 2020 at 5:55 am

When will this next money-grab hit the ballot? Maybe the passengers that get sick can ride in designated train cars.

Posted by Bill
a resident of another community
on Apr 15, 2020 at 9:48 am

Covidtrain asked "When will this next money-grab hit the ballot?"

I believe they are going for this November. Talk about tone-deaf. With people hurting from this virus scare, now is the wrong time for ANOTHER sales tax increase.

Posted by I feel I get my $ worth
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2020 at 10:41 am

I've seen improvements wiht CalTrain over the years for the tax $ used. Though I also feel taxed to death, I now some taxes actually provide some bang for the buck.
I'll probably be voting yes on the CalTrain tax.

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