The Sun Voter Guide

Madera Co. considers early renewal of roads tax

Measure T

Madera County’s half-cent transportation tax is up for renewal in November. 

First passed in 1990 and again in 2006 for a 20-year period, Measure T is up for renewal four years early. 

The half-cent sales tax has provided more than $10 million annually for local transportation projects, and the county has utilized it to bring in over $226 million in state and federal matching funds. 

Madera County estimates that Measure T will bring in $866 million over a 30-year period. 

A major difference with this effort to renew Measure T over years past is that the tax would not expire if passed. Voters would have to bring forward another measure in the future to end the tax if desired. 

Measure T funding would be allocated as follows: 

  • 35 percent to the Local and Neighborhood Street Maintenance and Pothole Repairs Subprogram
  • 25 percent to the Major Routes, Access and Safety Improvements Program 
  • 15 percent to the Community and Neighborhood Streets and Roads Subprogram
  • 12.5 percent to the Local Flexibility Subprogram for transportation needs
  • 4 percent to the Public Transit Program
  • 4 percent to Safe Routes to School and Pedestrian and Bike Safety Program
  • 3 percent to Clean Air and New Technology Program
  • 1.5 percent to Administration and Planning Program

Measure T needs a two-thirds majority vote to pass. 

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.