Measure AA is a comprehensive and accountable plan, developed by the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC), to address our long-term transportation needs while preserving Ventura County’s quality of life.
In July, the members of VCTC voted unanimously to place Measure AA, a one-half cent transportation sales tax, on the November ballot. This thirty-year initiative not only allows Ventura County to begin to fund needed improvements, it also provides a source of local matching funds necessary to bring more federal and state tax dollars home. VCTC believes now is the time for residents to invest in the future and repair, preserve and improve the transportation system that adds so much to Ventura County’s quality of life. Measure AA will raise about $70 million per year, but only cost residents about $1 per week.
While used by everyone, the transportation system gets little attention – until things begin to go awry. When traffic on U.S. 101 slows to a crawl, when potholes multiply, when buses and trains are unavailable, people take notice.
VCTC has developed a detailed and transparent plan to meet Ventura County’s transportation needs. The plan reflects extensive community outreach and locally-determined priorities.
In California, the balance in the State Highway Account is so low that the California Transportation Commission will soon adopt the 2016 State Transportation Improvement Program that has NOT ONE highway improvement in Ventura County on the list.
Why the urgency? Countywide street and road repairs are being delayed, risking substantially higher costs over the next 30 years. More is needed to make our freeways safer and more efficient; create a safe, sustainable and reliable bus and rail system; and address needs for new safer bike and pedestrian paths.
Accountability, transparency and project delivery are critical components of Measure AA. It includes Independent Taxpayer Oversight to ensure accountability. Annual independent audits will monitor expenditures.