SMART Officials Outline Backup Plan Should Measure I Fail

SMART officials are starting to outline their financial plan should Measure I fail. In a board meeting Wednesday afternoon, officials outlined a need to slash $9 million from the budget within three years if Measure I doesn’t pass, ultimately affecting service and jobs. Officials also signaled that it could affect potential expansion of the line north beyond Windsor. These cuts would be made in an effort to prevent dipping into reserve funds. Measure I is seeking a 30-year extension of the quarter cent sales tax that expires in 2029 to refinance rising debts.