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Special District

Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District Special District 1
Measure C1 Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results


384,465 votes yes (82.1%)

83,766 votes no (17.9%)

100% of precincts reporting (873/873).

71,353 ballots counted.

To preserve essential local public transportation services, including those for youth, commuters, seniors, and people with disabilities, while keeping fares reasonable, shall the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District extend its existing 8 dollars per month parcel tax at current levels for 20 years with no increase in tax rate, raising approximately 30 million dollars annually, with independent oversight and all money spent locally?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Measure C1, an Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District ("District") special parcel tax measure, seeks voter approval to authorize the District to levy an annual special parcel tax in the amount of $96 on each parcel of taxable land within Special Transit District Number One (“District 1”) for a period of 20 years, beginning July 1, 2019. The District’s voters previously authorized Measure VV, which is a special parcel tax assessment at a rate of $96 per parcel that will expire on June 30, 2019.

The District has the authority to levy special taxes upon approval by two-thirds of the votes cast on the special tax proposal. (See Cal. Const. Art. XIII A, § 4; Art. XIII C,§2; Cal. Gov’t Code §§ 50075-50077, & 53722; Cal. Pub. Util. Code § 25892.1.) If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure vote for approval, a special parcel tax will be imposed annually through June 30, 2039, at the rate described above.

The tax will be collected by the Alameda County and Contra Costa County Treasurer-Tax Collectors at the same time and in the same manner as each county's collection of taxes. The owner(s) of a parcel that is exempt from property taxes, that is undeveloped, or that is developed but vacant for more than six months in any one year (July 1 through June 30) is exempt from the imposition of this special tax upon application to the District. 

If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure vote for approval, the allocation of the funding revenue will be used for the operation and maintenance of bus services provided by the District in this District 1. The terms “operation” and “maintenance” refer to all activities necessary to provide bus services, such as equipment, supplies, fuel, facilities, and personnel.

The measure further provides that the monies collected shall be accounted for separately and shall be expended only for the operation and maintenance of bus services in District 1. A community oversight committee will report to the District’s Board about the use of the proceeds of the special tax.

If two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure do not vote for approval, the measure will fail, the District will not be authorized to levy the special tax through June 30, 2039, and the current tax will expire on June 30, 2019. 

This measure is placed on the ballot by the governing board of the District. 


County Counsel 

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure C1. If you desire a copy of the ordinance or measure, please call the District Secretary’s office at (510) 891-7284 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

Vote yes on Measure C1to protect essential AC Transit bus services in the East Bay without raising taxes.  

AC Transit is the East Bay’s largest public transportation provider, serving more people than any other agency for trips within the East Bay. AC Transit provides safe, reliable, and sustainable transportation service for over 180,000 rides per day and over 700,000 paratransit rides annually for people with disabilities. Furthermore, 43% of AC Transit trips are work related, including 13,000 transbay commuters each day. 

Without increasing taxes, Measure C1 will:

  • Protect reasonable fares for those who need it most, including youth, seniors, and people with disabilities;
  • Provide transportation options that allow for independence and mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities;
  • Support transportation to areas where people work and attend school;
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote alternatives to driving;
  • Help maintain bus service reliability and on-time performance.

If Measure C1 fails, we risk cutbacks to critical services including 30,000 school trips per day, transportation to work and home, and reduced fares and transportation options for youth, seniors, and people with disabilities. 

Measure C1 requires important safeguards to ensure funds are spent responsibly: public financial audits and an oversight committee composed of residents and subject-area experts with authority to review how funds are spent and the ability to hold AC Transit publicly accountable. 

Join community members, neighborhood leaders, businesses, school leaders, environmental and disability advocates, and elected officials across the East Bay in voting yes on Measure C1to continue essential AC Transit services without increasing taxes.


Argument Signatories:

Madeline Kronenberg, President, League of Women Voters, Bay Area

Gabriel Quinto, Sierra ClubBay Chapter, Executive Committee

L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools

Chonita Chew, United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County

Jan Garrett, Disability Advocate

Arguments AGAINST

No Argument Against Measure CA was submitted.

More information

Videos (1)

— October 23, 2016 League of Women Voters of Oakland
This short video presents the pros and cons of Measure C1m describing the rationale for putting the measure on the ballot, the ways in which the money raised will be spent, the fiscal effect of the measure, and the arguments of the proponents of the measure.

Contact Info

Yes on Measure C1
Yes on C1: Protect Affordable Transit without Raising Taxes
No on Measure C1
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