Monterey Herald: “Measure X Worth Supporting”

Depending on how you look at it, there are plenty of reasons to either support or oppose Measure X, the proposed 3/8-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot. The support side of the equation is the one that we agree with, and we urge voters to approve the measure.

Some might say that the measure goes too far in promoting automobile travel; others might say it doesn’t go far enough. We see it differently: there’s something for everyone in this proposal, whether you’re interested in better roads or better opportunity for transportation alternatives.

The measure calls for a wide variety of transportation projects, a proposal that’s so broad-based that it includes improvements that appeal to a wide variety of community groups. The proposal has been supported by groups as varied as the hospitality industry and environmental groups alike, because it would fund projects that appeal to both sides of the transportation debate.

Measure X would raise some $600 million over 30 years.

Measure X would provide a wide variety of much-needed projects. The revenue from the measure would be split 60-40 between local road maintenance and regional highway projects-with an additional amount going toward pedestrian, bicycle and mobility projects.

The hope by proponents is that the variety of improvements will appeal to the vast majority of voters. To pass, the measure requires a two-thirds vote, a standard that has been hard to attain in other recent transportation-funding votes.

To read the full endorsement by the Monterey County Herald’s Editorial Board, click here: