Muni Funding Measure Based on Population Added to November Ballot

Voters will decide whether to tie funding for San Francisco Municipal Railway to the city’s population growth this November after the Board of Supervisors voted today to place the measure on the ballot.

The board voted 6-4 to approve Supervisor Scott Wiener’s charter amendment, which would require Muni funding to be reassessed each July 1 based on changes to the population.

It would also retroactively increase Muni’s budget to account for the population growth of the last 10 years. The estimated initial budget increase is between $20 million and $25 million based on the 85,000 new residents of the city since 2003.

The initiative was originally designed as an alternative to a vehicle license fee proposed by Mayor Ed Lee, Wiener said, but that measure will not appear on the ballot until 2016 at the earliest.

If that measure does eventually pass, Wiener said there is a mechanism that would allow the mayor to remove his amendment from the city charter.

The board added a general obligation bond measure to improve Muni funding to the November ballot last week, and some supervisors expressed concern that two transportation-funding measures could be confusing for voters.

Supervisor Katy Tang, who voted against Wiener’s amendment, said that the general obligation bond was her priority and that she was also concerned that Wiener’s amendment would immediately allocate $22 million of the city’s general fund.

Wiener said that, if passed by a majority of voters, the amendment “will help us address the huge challenges we have” keeping transportation available and on time.

Scott Morris, Bay City News

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  • sfparkripoff

    Go ahead and keep throwing money into the black hole called Muni. That way the city can keep increasing their budget and crawling back to taxpayers for more bonds.

    The latest figures from the city show that City Hall is already bringing in $247,349,190 A YEAR from parking tickets, traffic tickets, red light cameras, gas taxes, vehicle license fees, parking meters, and the many city-owned parking lots. And there’s the $84 million a year in sales taxes that the SFCTA rakes in to maintain city streets.

    In 2003 – Proposition K generated roughly 2.5 BILLION (over a 30 year period) for “20 programs such as street resurfacing, signs and signals, traffic calming, and transit enhancements.

    In 2007 – Proposition A, another ballot measure generated ANOTHER $31 million in revenue. We later found out that $134,536 paid a plumber. $91,478 paid a gardener. Five custodians were paid $397,764 A secretary $93,155. Six general laborers took at total of $533,100.

    In 2011 – Proposition B the Road Repaving & Street Safety Bond generated another $248 million for pedestrian, bicycle, & transit projects.

    What did the city taxpayers get in return for our investment in MUNI? The slowest public transit system in the United States AND a WEEK LONG sickout that paralyzed the city and cost hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity.

    In November VOTE NO to the Bond and NO to any more money for the SFMTA and MUNI!

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