September 10, 2004
Queen Creek Mayor Wendy Feldman-Kerr urged East Valley business leaders Thursday to support the transportation tax in the Nov. 2 election.
If Proposition 400 fails, Valley roads will be undriveable by 2030, Feldman-Kerr said.
Proposition 400 would extend a Maricopa County excise tax for transportation needs, including freeways, roads, buses and light rail.
The tax is due to end in 2005. Passage would extend it for 20 years.
Feldman-Kerr’s remarks came at a breakfast at the Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa sponsored by the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance. The alliance, made up of the Ahwatukee Foothills, Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe and Q ueen Creek chambers, endorses Proposition 400.
"We feel it’s good for the Valley,’’ said Becky Jackson, president of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.
"There may not be an equal piece of the pie for everyone, but we feel it’s good for the Valley as a whole."
The $15.8 billion plan, which took two years to assemble, has come under fire because it allocates 30 percent to mass transit, including 15 percent on a controversial light-rail system.
Feldman-Kerr, who served on the panel that drafted the plan, said each aspect of the plan is subject to independent audit every five years.
"If one aspect isn’t performing, the money will be moved to another aspect,’’ she said.
The alliance endorses measures allowing state universities to take equity positions in companies, a pay increase for legislators and bonds for community colleges.
The alliance also backs propositions to require ballot measures that mandate state spending to be fully funded at the time of passage and a requirement that initiative petitions be filed seven months before an election. It also supports a measure that would give the State Land Department flexibility to exchange trust land for other public land.