Why are only new revenue sources being considered for transportation? This county spends more on many programs that are less important than transportation, such as the subsidized housing programs, buying land for new parks when we have enough, tax incentives for developers, tax reduction programs for seniors, etc. Reducing or eliminating these nice, but lower priority programs, would allow funding for transportation without any new or increased taxes.
This effort is focused primarily on transportation funding. You are correct that each year the County Executive and the Board must decide how much money should be spent on a variety of programs and services included in the County budget. We are a large county with very diverse needs. Regardless of whether there are additional revenues raised for transportation, the various priorities in the budget will continue to be considered annually. The County currently spends about $280 million on transportation projects and services annually from existing local revenue sources. We will include your suggestion with the survey results that are sent to the Board for their consideration.