I have read my Voter Information Pamphlet, and while I realize that Measure C is being touted as the saving grace for Railtown and the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, I fail to see how that is guaranteed under Measure C. All of the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) collected goes into the County’s general fund. That would not change under Measure C.
The card I received in the mail from Citizens For Measure C says that the Board of Supervisors “has indicated support for a plan to keep Railtown 1897 and the Mother Lode Fairgrounds open to the public.” Really? For how long? In my opinion, Measure C is flawed in that regard. The Board of Supervisors is under no obligation to appropriate those additional funds to save Railtown and the Fairgrounds, even if they have “promised” to do so. And what will they do with the money if other options become available, such as private funding, grant money, etc.?
I think the supporters of Measure C need to go back to the drawing board and give the measure some teeth. Come back to us when you can say it WILL be spent for the purpose it was intended.