Walnut Creek – Yesterday, Concord City Councilman Tim Grayson joined State Senator Steve Glazer in asking BART directors, managers and employees to tighten BART budgets and expenditures before asking area taxpayers to fund a multi-billion dollar bond measure being considered by BART for the November 2016 election.
Below is the text of his letter to BART:
February 2, 2016
Dear BART Board and BART Employee Unions:
I have serious concerns about a potential multi-billion dollar BART bond that I understand that the BART Board of Directors may be considering for the November 2016 ballot.
Convincing two-thirds of Bay Area voters to agree to a tax increase is already an uphill fight. But the 2013 strike, drawn-out contract negotiations, and wage concessions for workers and management also damaged voters’ trust in BART.
Before ANY decision is made to move forward with a billion-dollar bond, initiating new taxes on our residents, it is imperative a new contract take into account the dire fiscal needs of the BART system and ensures that trains will keep running on schedule.
Councilmember/Mayor City of Concord