Rebutting critics who charge that county officials have failed to deliver what was initially promised when Measure D was approved in 1989, the Santa Barbara grand jury concluded, “All construction projects in the original Measure D Expenditure Plan have been completed on or ahead of schedule with the exception of the Highway 101 widening project, which was cancelled in 1993 as a result of public opposition.” The jury faulted elected officials for failing to offer the public encouraging reports of how the $300 million has been spent thus far. While the jury took no position on recent plans to increase the sales tax surcharge by one-quarter cent or to expand funding for alternative transportation measures, it did state that if Measure D is not renewed, the community would suffer a dramatic deterioration of road quality.

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