By BOB NORBERG
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Measure W, a measure that would add $10 to vehicle registration fees in Sonoma County, was defeated Tuesday.
The measure, which needed a simple majority to pass, was supported by only 42 percent of the voters and opposed by 58 percent with all precincts reporting.
“We are disappointed, we won’t be able to provide the additional services, infrastructure improvements, safety improvements, all of that,” said Suzanne Smith, executive director of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority.
“That is disappointing, but it is not totally surprising given the state of the economy and everyone feeling the pain,” Smith added.
Under the measure, 60 percent of the $5 million it would have raised was for Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, Petaluma and Healdsburg bus systems, for employer or school-sponsored transit and transit for seniors.
Another 23 percent was for streets, pothole repairs, paving, street lights, sidewalks, bus turnouts and bike lanes, and 12 percent to Safe Routes to Schools, a program to improve safety and encourage students to walk or bike to school.