SFMTA Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) > FAC November 19, 2008, minutes
City and County of San Francisco
Finance & Administration Committee (FAC)
Regular Meeting Minutes
November 19, 2008 at 1:00 p.m.
1. Call to Order/Roll Call
FAC Members present at Roll Call: Emily Drennen, Griffith Humphrey and Daniel Murphy
FAC Members absent: None
SFMTA CAC Members not on this committee present: Greg Riessen
2. Adopt minutes of March 6, 2008:
On motion to adopt the minutes of March 6, 2008: Adopted
3. Public Comment concerning any issue within the jurisdiction of the Council and not noted on the agenda: None
4. Report of the Chairman: Daniel Murphy
No report presented.
5. Revenue Panel Options (Discussion/Action) Sonali Bose
Sonali Bose, CFO/Director of Finance and Information Technology, stated that the SFMTA budget will suffer a shortfall of $18 million dollars from the General Fund and a shortage of $46 million dollars from State funds in FY09. Parking citation revenue is down. Ms. Bose gave an overview of the Revenue Panel recommendations. The Panel focused on DMV license fees and carbon taxes. The Revenue Panel was in disagreement about options that would impact tourism, the port and commercial industries.
Chairman Murphy moved the following recommendation:
Motion: The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA Board adopt the Revenue Panel recommendations.
On motion to adopt the Revenue Panel recommendations: Adopted
The FAC moved the following recommendations:
Motion: The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA study the potential revenues and expenses of a 0.5% payroll tax, dedicated to transit, offset by a free Muni zone in the downtown corridor.
Motion: The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA more strictly enforce the 90-120 minute window for transfers, avoiding the issuance of transfers valid for longer than the intended period.
Motion: The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA consider an increase in the Real Property Transfer Tax.
Motion: The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA consider a Utility Users Tax, with an exemption for low income utility customers certified through the CARE program.
Motion: The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA consider a parcel tax for transit, providing that such a tax is graduated based on a measure such as property value or square footage.
Motion: The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA consider a parking congestion impact fee in the downtown area, in the form of a surcharge for entering or exiting off-street parking facilities during times of peak congestion.
Motion: The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA consider charging users of disabled placards for parking, but keeping the placards themselves free, and providing additional blue ADA spaces citywide to offset the impact to users of disabled placards.
Motion: The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA consider a general obligation bond for capital expenses associated with the revenue-enhanced version of the TEP and other agency projects and ongoing capital needs.
Motion: The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA work with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to assess a new carbon-based car registration fee in San Francisco or the Bay Area to be collected by the Department of Motor Vehicles, and then dispensed by the Air District to support transit operations in the counties from which the fees were collected.
Motion: The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA Board place at least one revenue measure on the ballot on or before the November 2010 election.
On motion to adopt the FAC’s revenue generating recommendations: Adopted
Greg Riessen proposed a curb cut fee or tax of $100 per year for single family dwellings. Chairman Murphy moved the following recommendation:
Motion: WHEREAS, The SFMTA and other city agencies aim to create beautiful streets, design safe bicycle access, provide world-class transit, and ensure public safety;
WHEREAS, Curb cuts (driveways) are built to provide automobile access from a public street to a private garage or other parking area, and are currently regulated by the City;
WHEREAS, Curb cuts reduce the space available for on-street parking, trees, transit shelters, furniture, illumination, and other amenities, which decrease the public benefit of the street;
WHEREAS, San Francisco has set goals to reduce automobile travel and ownership, in order to decrease pollution, congestion, noise, collisions, and greenhouse gas emissions, and to make streets more livable;
WHEREAS, San Francisco needs to provide more housing, particularly low-income housing, but every new housing unit constructed in most neighborhoods requires the construction of an off-street parking space;
WHEREAS, The SFMTA needs to identify new revenue sources, in order to meet voter-mandated service standards and compensate for cuts from state and federal funds;
WHEREAS, On November 18, 2008, the SF Board of Supervisors approved a fee on new curb cuts ($100 per year), but this does not apply to existing curb cuts; now therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA staff, in collaboration with the SFMTA Revenue Panel, Planning Department, Department of Public Works, and other city agencies, explore the feasibility of a curb cut fee to be levied annually upon the owners of property that maintain active driveway access to a public street and exclusive use of curb space, as compensation for the decreased public benefit of the street resulting from said driveway. In conjunction with this fee, staff should also examine the elimination of minimum parking requirements in the San Francisco Planning Code for new residential and other development, primarily in retrofitted spaces originally constructed as vehicle garages.
On motion to adopt an annual curb cut fee: Adopted
Emily Drennen moved the following recommendation:
Motion: The SFMTA CAC recommends that the SFMTA Board tie revenue measures to specific services and amenities the people of San Francisco will receive.
On motion to tie revenue measures to amenities for San Francisco citizens: Adopted
6. Agenda Planning for the Next Regular Meeting Tentatively Scheduled:
Next regular meeting: January 21, 2009 at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Conference Room 3075, at 1:30 p.m.
• Changing the regular meeting time of the FAC
7. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 3:25 p.m.
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