San Diego County CA— In preparation for a potential ballot measure to fund transportation projects and other important regional infrastructure, SANDAG is asking the public to share their priorities for our region’s future.
SANDAG is currently considering a funding measure that could help pay for projects and programs laid out in the recently adopted Regional Plan – as well as other potential investments such as city projects, water quality improvements, and habitat conservation.
“Our message is simple: We want to hear from you,” said County Supervisor and SANDAG Board Chair Ron Roberts. “What do you think needs to be done – in terms of transportation and other regional infrastructure – in order to keep our community moving forward?”
The SANDAG Board of Directors is considering placing a measure on the November 2016 ballot that would ask voters regionwide to raise the sales tax by up to a half cent in order to fund a specific list of projects and programs. The Board has not yet determined exactly what will be included on that list.
The current outreach effort will engage the community on that question – and there are three ways to participate:
Telephone Town Halls: Everyone is invited to join any of four regional conference calls to learn more and weigh in with their priorities. At the time of the call, dial (877) 229-8493 and enter access code 112664.
- North County Inland and East County focus- Tuesday, January 26 from 6-7 p.m.
- Central San Diego and South County focus- Wednesday, January 27 from 6-7 p.m.
- North County Coastal and northern San Diego focus-Thursday, January 28 from 6-7 p.m.
- Spanish/Español- Monday, February 1 from 6-7 p.m. / Lunes, 01 de febrero de 6-7 p.m.
- Survey: The public is invited to take a quick survey to identify the types of projects and programs most important to them. Participants will choose from transit, highway, active transportation, water quality, city projects, and habitat conservation categories, as well as share any other ideas they have for our region’s future.
Public Meetings: Everyone is invited to join upcoming public meetings to provide input in person.
All these meetings will take place in the SANDAG 7th floor Board Room at 401 B Street, San Diego 92101 except the SANDAG Board Retreat, which will be held at Barona, 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside 92040.
In October – following three years of extensive public engagement – the SANDAG Board of Directors approved a $204 billion long-range regional vision known as San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. With a focus on creating additional transportation choices, the Plan was crafted to support our economy and job creation, improve mobility, create healthy communities, and meet our environmental goals, including preserving half the region as open space and meeting our greenhouse gas reduction targets.
For more information, visit sandag.org/priorities.