Bill Center is Uncentered in Letter to Editor
As Executive Director of Region Builders, many of our members live in El Dorado County, and we are as concerned about the quality of life as anyone.
Our initiative is simple and Bill Center should not distort it.
First, it extends Measure Y to 2025. Measure Y was adopted by local voters in 1998 and renewed in 2008. It will expire in 2018, without our initiative. Measure Y has done a good job controlling growth and requiring new development to pay the cost of traffic improvements and mitigation.
Mr. Center is trying to scare voters into believing our initiative will transfer $9 million the county currently receives from the state and which is spent on local roads to be reallocated to Highway 50 improvements… and this is absolutely not true.
First, our measure in no way earmarks gas tax money for Highway 50. It only says that state and federal dollars need to go to Highway 50 first so that local and traffic mitigation revenues can be used where they belong – to improve local roads.
Second, Mr. Center’s argument is flawed because the gas tax money El Dorado County receives from the state is expressly earmarked by state law for “local street and road purposes.” (Cal. Streets & Highways Code sec. 2103(a)(3)(C). Our initiative does nothing to change that and could not supersede state law.
The bottom line is our initiative continues the successful Measure Y protections against growth, encourages the county to seek Federal and State dollars for Highway 50 improvements, and prioritizes more money to local road improvements and maintenance.