FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2022
Media Contact: Rose Willems, firstname.lastname@example.org, 559.681.9369
(FRESNO COUNTY) – The Fresno County Transportation Authority Board has approved a Measure C Expenditure Plan designed to ensure locally controlled transportation funding that will fix local roads and provide greater investments in transit, air quality and new technologies for urban and rural communities across Fresno County.
The proposed Measure C Renewal will be the third transportation funding measure supported by Fresno County elected leaders, residents, and communities since voters passed the first measure in 1986. Measure C Renewal funding will focus largely on: fixing local roads and streets, filling potholes, repairing deteriorating neighborhood streets, installing sidewalks to help get children to school safely, reducing congestion, and supporting transit services.
The plan also invests in community-based transportation improvements in areas that have historically been overlooked – particularly in rural, low-income and minority communities. The renewal plan would allow the cities and the County to leverage hundreds of millions of dollars in state and federal matching funds that would otherwise go to other counties.
Over the last 18 months, 80 local leaders from both rural and urban communities with varied backgrounds, professions and interests participated in the Measure C Renewal’s open, public process – ensuring diverse representation of distinct sectors across the county.
Lynne Ashbeck, mayor pro tem for the City of Clovis, vice chairperson for the Fresno County Transportation Authority and co-chair of the Measure C Renewal Executive Committee says since 1986 each of the Measure C plans has been reflective of its time. The current renewal effort is no exception.
“In this current renewal effort, supported by the input from over 10,000 residents, stakeholders, cities and the County, our focus is on local neighborhoods. It is forward-thinking, ensuring we will have a transportation system that supports a strong economy, creates local jobs and connects people with where they need to go, whether that be to work, to the doctor, to school or to the grocery store. This plan holds elected leaders accountable for investing the dollars as promised, includes a Citizens Oversight Committee, has built in opportunities for continued community engagement, and accounts for new and cleaner technologies that we cannot even imagine today.”
“The Measure C allocation plan includes funding for every neighborhood,” said City of Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer. “It will fix potholes, repair roads, improve safety, reduce congestion, improve air quality, and support public transit services.”
“We have confidence in this compromise plan because it reflects the priorities identified by residents throughout Fresno County over nearly 18 months of community outreach, said Fresno County Supervisor Buddy Mendes, chairman of the Fresno County Transportation Authority.”
On August 9, staff will present the Expenditure Plan before the Fresno County Board of Supervisors for a final vote, authorizing the Measure for the November 2022 ballot.
To learn more about the Measure C Renewal process, Expenditure Plan, and the Implementing Guidelines, please visit www.MeasureCRenewal.com.