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Fiona Ma: Ventura County voters should support transportation sales tax

This fall, Ventura County voters may be asked to consider a half-cent sales tax increase for transportation funding. 

Just a few weeks ago, California Transportation Commission officials warned that Ventura County's planned high-occupancy vehicle — carpool — lanes on Highway 101 might be scrapped due to lack of funding.

And gas taxes, which fund a large portion of California's infrastructure projects, will be going down, despite the urgent need for an estimated $50 billion in infrastructure spending statewide, and $1.3 billion here in Ventura County. 

This gets to the heart of people's frustrations about transportation in California: The system we use to fund infrastructure and mass transit is as clear as mud. 

Before 2010, it was relatively straightforward. You paid 18 cents for every gallon of gas you bought, and the money went directly to road repairs and public transit. We had a system that was easy to understand and easy to plan around.

Read the full piece on the Ventura County Star. 

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