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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 3

Meeting Date: August 12, 2003

Subject/Title: CCTA Request for Resolution of Support for Measure C Extension

Submitted by: Engineering: B. Grewal

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION
Approve a Resolution supporting the efforts led by Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) to reauthorize and extend Measure C as a primary funding source for transportation improvements in Contra Costa County, subject to two conditions. This recommendation is contingent upon CCTA continuing to provide funding for projects that benefit East Contra Costa County, such as Vasco Road, Highway 4 Bypass Extension, Highway 239 and Highway 84. We further recommend that any Measure C funding not be associated in any way with growth management, smart growth or the Urban Limit Line. While staff agrees that extending Measure C is a good thing for the citizens of Brentwood and the County in general, we cannot support nor encourage our citizens to support it without the above-mentioned conditions.

BACKGROUND
In 1988, Measure C, Transportation Sales Tax Program (1/2 of one percent sales tax), was passed by the voters of Contra Costa County and is set to expire April 1, 2009. CCTA has had the responsibility of delivering the projects and implementing the programs that were included in the original Measure C Program, resulting in many new transportation improvements in our county, some of which are located in East County.

On April 16, 2003, CCTA adopted a schedule for assembling projects and programs that will be addressed by the extension of this Measure. They have asked four regional transportation planning committees in each sub-area of the county to assemble lists of projects and program expenditures by June 30, 2003.

On April 22, 2003, Julie Pierce, Chairperson of the CCTA, sent out a letter requesting all the cities, including the City of Brentwood, adopt a resolution of support for a consensus process related to the extension of the Measure C Transportation Sales Tax.

In July 2003, CCTA will host countrywide workshops for local jurisdictions and the public to discuss prospective investments for consideration in the update of the Countrywide Transportation Plan (CTP). Brentwood’s support for this plan and the selected expenditure plan for the Measure C extension would be sought in February and March of 2004, with the adoption of the CTP scheduled for the end of March 2004. Tentatively, the measure for renewal would be placed on the November 2004 ballot. The current plan calls for new East County transportation infrastructure, including Vasco Road, Highway 4 Bypass, Highway 239 and Highway 84. Staff does not believe that the Council or Brentwood’s residents could support this Measure C extension if the current language restricting expenditures to Smart Growth or ULL (Urban Limit Line) issues remain in the measure and we, therefore, urge the removal of that language in order to secure our full support, which we are eager to give. Continuing to pay the extra ½ cent sales tax will benefit all of the County, but East County in particular through these listed improvements.

FISCAL IMPACT
There is no fiscal impact associated with this action.

Attachments:
Resolution

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD CONDITIONALLY SUPPORTING THE PROCESS TO PLACE THE REAUTHORIZATION OF MEASURE C ON FUTURE BALLOTS.

WHEREAS, Measure C – Transportation Sales Tax Program was passed by the voters of Contra Costa County in 1988, includes a twenty (20) year sunset, and is set to expire April 1, 2009; and

WHEREAS, the proposed Measure C extension includes a Transportation Improvement and Growth Management Plan outlining specific projects and programs; and

WHEREAS, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) has delivered the projects and implemented the programs that were included in the original Measure C program, resulting in many new transportation improvements in the county; and

WHEREAS, many of the projects included in the original program were not fully funded by Measure C and still require additional local funds to complete, in accordance with the Countywide Transportation Plan (CTP); and

WHEREAS, continued population growth in Contra Costa County and the Bay Area has continued to stress our existing road, highway and transit system in Contra Costa County; and

WHEREAS, the Contra Costs Transportation Authority (CCTA) has included infrastructure elements including Vasco Road, Highway 4 Bypass Extension, Highway 239 and Highway 84; and

WHEREAS, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), working in coordination with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, interest groups, and engagement of the general public, has begun the process of examining the elements of a renewed Measure C with the possibility of placing the measure on the November 2004 ballot; and

WHEREAS, the current draft of the Measure C extension program contains language calling for Urban Limit Line (ULL) restrictions which Brentwood does not agree with; and

WHEREAS, the ability to renew Measure C will depend on the consensus built among elected officials and stakeholder groups throughout Contra Costa County, including, but not limited to, the elected officials comprising the CCTA, the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, and all Contra Costa County cities, as well as the support of community stakeholder groups and the general public.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Brentwood conditionally supports the efforts led by CCTA to reauthorize and extend Measure C as a primary funding source for transportation improvements in Contra Costa County contingent upon CCTA continuing to provide funding for projects that benefit East Contra Costa County and that Measure C funding not be associated in any way with growth management, smart growth or the Urban Limit Line.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Brentwood agrees to fully participate in the process to renew Measure C and recognizes the equal importance and legitimacy of all the county’s cities, the county, CCTA, stakeholder groups and the general public as a critical part of the process.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Brentwood supports the policy that before the new Measure C is placed on the November 2004 ballot, it will have obtained the support of 2/3rds of the members of the CCTA, as well as the support of a majority of cities representing a majority of the population in the incorporated area of Contra Costa, and a majority of the Board of Supervisors.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting on the 12th day of August 2003 by the following vote:
 

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