Monday, June 24, 2013

County To Form Task Force Examining Re-Up Of Measure A For Next Year

ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | Measure A is one of the most successful voter-approved referendums in Alameda County over the past decade. Since 2004, the half-cent transactions and use tax has garnered nearly $1 billion in revenue, two-thirds of which, greatly aid the county's health care safety net.

In order to continue the tax windfall generated by Measure A, county and local officials have recently begun conversations on how to reauthorize the measure before it sunsets in 2019. In fact, the referendum could be on the ballot sometime next year.

On Tuesday, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley will ask the board to authorize the creation of a Blue Ribbon Task Force to review its options in attracting voter approval for the measure. Miley would chair the task force along with Supervisor Wilma Chan as its vice chair, according to a staff report.

Miley says the group could be formed in the next few weeks and begin deliberations in July or August. A similar panel was formed in 2004, according to the report, and chaired by former Supervisor Gail Steele. The next iteration of the task force will contain 32 members, including 25 appointed by the five county supervisors.

Seventy-five percent of Measure A funds go directly to Alameda Health System, formerly named the Alameda County Medical Center, for emergency, inpatient and outpatient services for the indigent, low-income earners, children and seniors in Alameda County. The remaining quarter is allocated by the Board of Supervisors to various community-based organizations (CBOs) and partially uncompensated health care costs for emergency care, says the report. “This measure is extememl essential for us to deliver health care,” Miley said Tuesday.

The staff report says the task force may look at placing the measure before Alameda County voters as early as next June's primary or the November mid-term general election.

NOTE: additions to this article were made to include Miley's comments during Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.


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