Salinas, Salinas Valley Led Way on X Approval

Three of the five county supervisorial districts, led by the City of Salinas and the Salinas Valley, pushed the long-sought transportation sales tax dubbed Measure X over the top, providing it with a required two-thirds super-majority voter approval in the fall election.

Only District5, including most of the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel Valley and Big Sur, fell clearly short of the mark.

According to a report to the Transportation Agency for Monterey County, Measure X was bolstered by a 75-percent approval from Salinas city voters in District 1, while both District 3 and the Salinas Valley and District 4 from Seaside to South Salinas backed the tax by a 69-percent margin. Conversely, District 2 and North Monterey County fell just short at 66 percent, while District 5 came in at 65 percent.

Measure X, which is projected to provide $600 million in tax revenue over its 30-year life, ultimately won 67.71 percent of the vote, clearing the challenging approval threshold by more than             1 percent in its third try over the past decade.

TAMC executive director Debbie Hale, attending the county’s first official “self-help county” meeting in Sacramento, said she was gratified that a clear majority of voters in nearly every city and community in the county backed the sales tax measure.

“Well over 50 percent of the population, a clear majority, supported Measure X, and our Board can feel confident there was general support for the measure because everyone got something out of it,” Hale said. “It’s all about holding the voters’ trust now and showing the money is being used for what it was intended.”

To read the entire story written by Herald reporter, Jim Johnson, visit the Monterey Herald’s website at: http://www.montereyherald.com/general-news/20170223/election-analysis-salinas-salinas-valley-led-way-on-transportation-tax-measure-approval