The big statewide transportation measure in 2015 was Proposition 7, and it passed with more than 86% of the vote. The measure raises money for road projects by dedicating a portion of sales tax revenue, as well as diverting a percentage of the motor vehicle sales tax. It is expected to bring $2.5 billion of revenue annually from sales tax to be allocated to the state highway fund starting in 2018. Prop. 7 won’t raise taxes, will not create debt, and the funds would not be able to be used on building toll roads.
This constitutional amendment dedicates certain sales and use tax revenue and motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue to the state highway fund to provide funding for non-tolled roads and the reduction of certain transportation-related debt.