Prop J/K: BAIT and SWITCH…
Those behind san Francisco Props J & K have used the understandable desire on the part of many to aid the homeless to divert more than $100 million from cash-strapped city services to the SFMTA, a huge agency to which we have already given billions of dollars in sales taxes, bonds, fares, parking fees and fines. For the following reasons, SaveMuni strongly opposes this deceptive set of local ballot measures. Vote No on Props J and K:
- Despite the State law requiring that tax raising measures pass with at least a 2/3rd vote, Prop K, because of its unique pairing with Prop J, would pass with only a simple majority vote.
- Despite the fact that under State law it is illegal for a State proposition to cover more than one subject, the sponsors of Prop J have chosen to incorporate no less than four distinctly different subjects involving four different City departments.
- Instead of more sales tax revenues to be wasted or otherwise misspent on vaguely-defined pet projects, there should be better management of the City’s bloated $9.6 billion annual budget, which already exceeds that of many states and small countries.
- Despite San Francisco’s already-in-place $241 million a year homeless budget, its homelessness problem continues to expand and get worse.
- Despite the billions of dollars already spent on Muni “improvements” Muni’s average vehicle speed has dropped by 13%, it’s schedule adherence over the last year has hovered around a dismally low 60%, its per capita ridership has declined and San Francisco’s traffic congestion problems have gotten worse. Yet only 12.6% of the Prop. J/K sales tax increase would go toward fixing Muni.
What San Francisco needs is smarter priority-setting and better decision-making, not more taxes. Vote No on Props J and K.