Frequently Asked Questions
Measure DD is a Sonoma County ballot measure that would preserve a dedicated local funding source for transportation improvement projects throughout Sonoma County and fund transportation projects that fix local streets; improve transportation corridors; increase bus transit service; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and improve safety for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.
No. Measure DD would simply extend the life of an existing sales tax approved by voters that helps fund improvements to Sonoma County’s transportation infrastructure.
No. Measure DD will not result in any increase in taxes. An impartial analysis of Measure DD noted that “Measure DD would extend the (Measure M) tax (with no increase in rate) for an additional 20 years.”
Yes. The Go Sonoma Act, the formal name behind Measure DD, has a detailed spending plan that shows exactly how funds will be spent. The funding will be allocated in the following categories:
- Fix Roads, Fill Potholes, Improve Safety and Usability: 65%
- Repair and repave roads (38%)
- Move traffic and improve safety (27%)
- Improve Alternatives to Cars and Fight Climate Change: 35%
- Improve bus service (23%)
- Build bikeways and pathways (12%)
Yes. Measure DD helps Sonoma County keep its “self-help” status, making Sonoma County more competitive for regional and state transportation funding for projects that may move traffic and improve safety or help build bikeways and pathways, among other transportation improvement projects. By passing Measure DD now, transportation officials can effectively plan for shovel-ready projects and leverage local dollars for outside dollars in the same way they did with the Highway 101 widening project, which leveraged $5 in outside funding for every $1 in local funds. The county risks losing its "self-help status" that provides a competitive edge for outside funds without the funding provided by Measure DD.
Yes. Measure DD was carefully written to ensure full transparency and accountability with the general public. As part of this, annual audits of Measure DD funding would be required by an independent accountant, and a Citizens Advisory Committee would also be appointed to provide oversight and ensure all funds are invested as promised.
Improving Sonoma County's transportation network requires years of effort on the part of local transportation agencies. For anyone starting work on a significant public works project, the year 2025 is like the day-after-tomorrow.
Delaying a vote on Measure DD until 2022 or 2024 is problematic because it would delay needed planning and design activities for proposed projects. Most public works departments are very busy and focus their attention on producing plans and designs for projects that have an identifiable funding source.
Planning, design, and right-of-way acquisition must be based on reasonable expectations that funding will be available five or ten years in the future, when actual construction is ready to start. The prospect that local money will be available if Measure DD passes will also help attract state and federal transportation funding, further increasing prospects for shovel-ready transportation improvement projects by 2025.
Yes. The largest percentage of revenues from Measure DD will be dedicated to road repairs throughout Sonoma County. The nearly $10 million Measure DD will provide each year will go to both unincorporated areas as well as each of Sonoma County’s 9 cities/town.
Every city in Sonoma County will receive a percentage of Measure DD revenues specifically for road repairs and repaving projects. The amount each city gets will be determined between a 50-50 split based on the population of each city, and the number of road miles within each city. Annual funding will range from six figures for the smallest Sonoma County cities to $2.8 million annually in Santa Rosa, and $4.25 million annually for the county’s vast network of unincorporated rural roads.
No. SMART has its own dedicated funding sources, and no dollars from Measure DD will be allocated to SMART train operations.
“SCTA” is an abbreviated reference for the Sonoma County Transportation Authority. The SCTA’s purpose is to maintain and improve Sonoma County’s transportation network. Each of Sonoma County’s nine cities/town (Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma and Windsor) have elected representatives on the SCTA’s Board of Directors, along with members of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.
Measure M is a voter-approved, ¼-cent transportation sales tax that was passed by voters in November 2004 and took effect in April 2005. The current Measure M sales tax expires in April 2025. Even though tax receipts will continue until that time, most Measure M sales tax dollars have already been earmarked for the Highway 101 widening project, along with past and future investments in roads repair projects across Sonoma County.
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