California : SMART Board Laying Groundwork For Sales-Tax Renewal Amid Looming Financial Crisis


SMART officials are beginning to craft the talking points for a campaign to persuade voters that they should extend the agency’s tax funding another two or three decades, allowing it to more readily refinance its mounting debt costs.

Aug. 11–The daunting financial challenges disclosed last week by the North Bay’s commuter rail system have only increased the urgency within SMART to convince voters to renew a sales tax that funds the 2-year-old train line and underpins its future. 

SMART officials are beginning to craft the talking points for a campaign to persuade voters that, despite past rail agency missteps, they should extend the agency’s tax funding another two or three decades, allowing it to more readily refinance its mounting debt costs.


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By kevin fixler
August 12, 2019