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Sales tax to fund Caltrain will go before voters

By Bay City News Service, Mountain View Voice, August 8, 2020

“San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an eighth-cent sales tax measure for the November election to fund Caltrain during a special meeting Friday — the last day to place the measure on the county ballots.

“If ultimately approved by two-thirds of voters across San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, the tax would generate an estimated $108 million annually. The funding is desperately needed to operate the system as ridership has plummeted during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the measure’s supporters.

“Officials from all three counties have agreed to remove the governance issues from the measure and pass a new amended version that solely calls for the tax.

“The governance issues instead were presented as recommendations to the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB), which oversees Caltrain and is made up of representatives from the three counties. The recommendations, which include, among others, allowing the JPB to appoint its own executive director, special counsel and auditor, separate from SamTrans, were approved on August 6.”

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