Tuesday: Mountain View City Council to consider local transportation taxes

On Tuesday, Mountain View City Council is considering a local transportation tax to contribute to a range of upcoming projects, such as:

* automated guideway transit connection to North Bayshore

* local match funding for Caltrain grade separations at Rengstorff and Castro Street

* downtown transit center improvements

* possible Charleston Road undercrossing and transit/bike/ped bridge over Stevens Creek


Mountain View’s popular segment of the Stevens Creek Trail

As described in the staff report, City Council will be considering a variety of types of local taxes, including general obligation bonds, Mello Roos bonds (voted on by property owners in a specific district), parcel tax, sales tax, utility tax, hotel tax, and business license tax.
It is a healthy thing for cities to be able to have “local match” funding for good-sized transportation projects.
Because large private employers pay so much for private transportation, it seems like a reasonable choice to issue a business tax to generate public improvements that can help reduce private costs – so long as the taxes don’t harm small-margin small retail/service business, drive away employers, or generate strong opposition that would fuel a well-funded campaign against such a tax.
What do you think about local transportation funding for Mountain View projects?  The agenda item is #7, the first order of new business.   Share your thoughts with Mountain View Council if you are interested, at citycouncil@mountainview.gov, or come if you can.
The transportation tax item follows an agenda item proposing a temporary moratorium on cannabis business, which may generate public comment. So if you are interested in the transportation tax and not attending an earlier agenda item, you can watch the meeting online and come over when the previous agenda item is winding down.