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State of California November 5, 2002 Election
Proposition 51
Distribution of Existing Motor Vehicle Sales and Use Tax
State of California

Initiative Statute

2,712,675 / 41.4% Yes votes ...... 3,839,788 / 58.6% No votes

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Results as of Nov 14 11:14am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (24726/24726)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Should the sales and use taxes raised from the sale or lease of motor vehicles be permanently allocated to specific transportation projects?

Reallocates 30% of certain state revenues collected on motor vehicle sales or leases from the General Fund to the Traffic congestion Relief and Safe School Bus Trust Fund. Allocates money for transportation programs including: highway expansion, specific freeway interchange improvements, mass transit improvements, purchasing buses, and expanding light and commuter rail. Provides funds for environmental enhancement, transportation impact mitigation programs, and transportation safety programs. Allocates money to 45 specific projects and for remainder specifies distribution percentages, restricts fund uses, and provides accountability measures.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
About $460 million in 2002-03 and $950 million in 2003-04, increasing annually thereafter, for state and local transportation-related purposes.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
Thirty percent of the General Fund revenues generated from the sales tax on the lease and sale of motor vehicles could be used only for state and local transportation-related purposes, instead of being available for programs funded by the General Fund.

A NO vote of this measure means:
These revenues would continue to be available for General Fund supported programs rather than only for state and local transportation-related purposes.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 51:
YES on 51 dedicates EXISTING vehicle sales taxes to repair unsafe roads and highways, replace unsafe school buses, and make walk paths to school safer for children. Includes tough audit requirements. Endorsed by California Transit Association, Lung Association, Nurses Association, Safe Kids Network, firefighters, and Police Chief Arturo Venegas.

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 51:
In a time of continuing budget deficits, Proposition 51 adds $1 billion to the deficit every year for special interest projects. It gives your tax dollars to campaign contributors, not California's priorities. Don't force cuts in vital services or require tax increases. Vote NO ON 51!

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 51:
Eddy Moore
YES on 51--Citizens for Traffic Safety
926 J Street #612
Sacramento, CA 95814

Contact AGAINST Proposition 51:
David Kersten
California Tax Reform Association
926 J Street, Suite 710
Sacramento, CA 95814

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