Monterey County Herald’s Editorial Board will Weigh In on Ballot Measures

The Monterey County Herald’s Editorial Board will weigh in on Measure X, the Transportation Safety & Investment Plan, developed by community leaders and the Transportation Agency for Monterey County. The measure designed to improve safety, fix potholes, reduce congestion and provide access and mobility will be evaluated by the Board, along with the other measures on the November 8 ballot. Here is an except from the editorial published on August 14, 2016:

“The never-ending election season actually has an end in sight.

In fact, it’s less than 95 days until the 2016 vote that seemingly started the moment the 2012 elections were in the books, passes into history.

Mail-in ballots go out in less than two months.

In other words, ‘tis the season.

And with it, here is what The Herald Opinion staff has planned election-wise — what we can offer and what we plan to stay out of.

It’s no secret that ballots in California and Monterey County are going to be long and perhaps even confusing.

For instance, 17, count ‘em, state initiatives will be voted on — ranging from banning the death penalty to legalizing marijuana.

We’ll weigh in on each, starting this month, mainly by carefully reading through all and discussing among our Editorial Board members just how we feel each would benefit, or not, Monterey County residents.

Locally, the biggest measure coming at voters is a $600 million 3/8-cent sales tax measure put together by the Transportation Agency for Monterey County. The tax is expected to raise about $20 million per year over its 30-year life for a range of transportation priorities and will require a two-thirds vote to pass. Voters will also get to weigh in on a medical marijuana tax proposal; in addition, at least two school districts in the county are reportedly considering school bond measures and Pacific Grove voters will consider an admissions tax.

We’ll do our best to stake out an opinion on initiatives that will affect the most readers.”

To read the entire editorial, click onto: http://www.montereyherald.com/opinion/20160813/editorial-aug-14-2016-how-well-handle-the-upcoming-election