Proposition 69, which will be on the June ballot, is a critically important measure that will help ensure our state’s infrastructure needs are adequately addressed. Last week, the VICA Board of Directors voted to support Prop. 69, officially known as the Transportation Taxes and Fees Lockbox and Appropriations Limit Exemption Amendment. A companion to last year’s Senate Bill 1 (Beall), Prop. 69 will restrict the spending of new vehicle taxes and fees to transportation purposes only.
Local businesses and consumers rely on a fully operating, diverse transportation system to connect to goods and service providers. Thanks to SB1, California can begin to address the deferred maintenance on the state highways and local streets and roads, as well as improve the state’s trade corridors and transit systems. Without the protections in Prop. 69, funds intended to pay for road repair and maintenance could be used for non-transportation related purposes.
VICA looks forward to engaging voters on the importance of passing Prop. 69 to keep our legislators accountable and ensure they fulfill the promises of SB 1.