Ballot Measure Recommendations
Ballot Recommendations - March 3, 2020 Primary
Every election year, the Metro Chamber's Advocacy Council provides recommendations on statewide and local ballot measures that are critical to Santa Rosa's and Sonoma County's future. A Ballot Measure Task Force of our Advocacy Council convened several times to examine the state and local ballot measures that will appear on the November ballot. Task Force recommendations were approved by both the broader Advocacy Council and the Chamber Board.
Yes on Measure I - SMART Sales Tax Extension
Measure I is critical to SMART’s future and would renew this vital funding with no tax increase. Measure I will allow restructuring of construction debt saving $12.2 million annually, and qualifying SMART for more federal, state and regional matching funds. While oversight and transparency have been a concern, the potential economic opportunity for our region is too substantial to deny. Our endorsement of this measure comes with a commitment from the Chamber to support and advocate for improved transparency and for an enlarged future vision for SMART, not only servicing our region from North to South, but also East to major metropolitan connectors.
Yes on Proposition 13 - Bonds to Fund School Infrastructure
This bond funding will improve California’s public schools across every educational category – including preschool, K-12, higher education, career technical, and charter schools. Funds would be allocated for new construction, modernization/rehabilitation of old facilities, and would provide immediate relief, such as temporary facilities, for schools affected by natural disasters. This important investment in the future of our state is a crucial step towards ensuring that California students have access to safe, well-maintained and modern schools.