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SANDAG’S proposed tax on vehicle miles will be discussed at Aug. 24 town hall

Fifth District Supervisor Jim Desmond will host a “SANDAG Virtual Town Hall, August 24 at 6 p.m. to alert constituents about proposals at the state local level  at SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) to tax motorists depending on how much they drive. He will be joined by other area officials including Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey.

This  proposed tax is projected as part of SANDAG’s “Five Big Moves,” which is estimated to cost $163 billion in taxpayer dollars, with the majority targeted towards public transit.

According to Desmond’s Director of Community Relations, Krista K. Jabara, “Learn how we can come together and ensure this plan or any plan meets the needs of North County and the majority of San Diego commuters.”

SANDAG  is in charge of allocating the local tax dollars for all major transportation projects in San Diego. It will soon be voting on whether to approve a $163 billion project, much of which focuses on public transportation.

Supervisor Desmond commented, “We believe it’s extremely important San Diegans know the details of this plan, including the proposed ‘road charge’ which would be a tax for every mile driven in a vehicle within the State of California. The money collected would then be used to pay for public transportation. That is why I’m hosting a virtual town-hall so we can all learn more about this plan.”

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