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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 12

Meeting Date: March 14, 2006

Subject/Title: Adopt a Resolution supporting an initiative titled “Transportation Funding Protection Act of 2006”.

Submitted by: Donna Landeros, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION
Adopt a Resolution supporting an initiative titled “Transportation Funding Protection Act of 2006” to fix a loophole in Proposition 42.

PREVIOUS ACTION
None

BACKGROUND
At the March 2, 2006, Contra Costa County Mayors’ Conference, a Resolution in support of a Proposition 42 fix was adopted and Contra Costa cities were encouraged to take similar action. The request for the action by the Mayors’ Conference was made by Californians to Improve Traffic Now to fix a loophole in Proposition 42, titled Transportation Funding Protection Act of 2006 to fix a loophole in Proposition 42. The initiative is being circulated and needs to collect approximately 600,000 valid signatures by the end of May to qualify for the November 2006 ballot. In addition, the initiative is also supported by the League of California Cities and the Self-Help Counties Coalition.

The initiative, if adopted by the voters of the State of California, would fix a Proposition 42 loophole that permitted sales tax on gasoline to be diverted to other purposes. The proposed initiative would also call for reimbursement for funds diverted in past budget years.

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

Attachment:
City Council Resolution
Text of the Proposed Initiative
Ballot Title and Summary prepared by the Secretary of State

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD SUPPORTING AN INITIATIVE TITLED “TRANSPORTATION FUNDING PROTECTION ACT OF 2006”

WHEREAS, California has the worst traffic congestion and most uneven pavement in the nation; and

WHEREAS, nearly 70 percent of California voters approved Proposition 42 in the March 2002 primary to dedicate the state sales tax paid on gasoline to improve our transportation infrastructure; and

WHEREAS, the state Legislature and Governor have twice suspended Proposition 42 and spent the money for other purposes. In total, nearly $2.5 billion in these gas taxes has been diverted to non-transportation expenses since 2002; and

WHEREAS, the instability and continual transfer of these funds is greatly impacting local and state governments’ ability to conduct needed road repairs, infrastructure improvements, transit and other transportation projects; and

WHEREAS, a coalition of business, labor, local government, and transportation stakeholders are currently collecting voter signatures to qualify a measure for the November 2006 ballot that would prohibit the legislature and governor from transferring these gas tax revenues in the future to non-transportation expenses; and

WHEREAS, the measure also requires the State to reimburse the $2.5 billion in funds previously diverted but allows 10 years for repayment to avoid any immediate fiscal impact;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood:

1. Supports the constitutional amendment to protect Proposition 42 money from future budget raids.

2. Considers a Proposition 42 fix to be a critical element to achieving improved mobility of people, goods and services, and future economic prosperity for the state of California.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the_____________ 2005 by the following vote:
 

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