The Citizens for the Yes on Measure B committee has signs all over town encouraging residents to vote “yes” on the proposed seven-year half-cent sales tax increase devoted to Turlock roads, but has not previously faced opposition in terms of active campaigning or signage.
Babadalir has a posted campaign sign standing about 8 feet in the air on the corner of Monte Vista Avenue and Geer Road stating, “Government Accountability & Less Taxes, Vote No On Measure B Road Tax” along with mention of his candidacy and campaign website.
“This is not a denial of the state of our roads. In fact, it's an acknowledgement of their poor condition and a question as to how they got that way,” said Babadalir on his Facebook. “This is a call for accountable and trustworthy government and less taxes!”
Babadalir has previously stated that he favors increased economic development as a means of raising tax revenue over raising tax rates.
“The government already collects taxes from us that should be used for roads. Say no to Measure B!”
While the Citizens for Yes on Measure B committee has been active in engaging the community to vote yes on the measure, there has been no opposition movement openly challenging the tax until now.
Babadalir has been deciding on the proposed road tax just as other voters have been doing this election. The Council candidate even revised his TurlockCityNews.com candidate profile to state the following:
"As I have stated before, the poor state of the roads is no secret in our town. The roads do need improvement and I commend the proposed aim of Measure B. However, while I offered conditional, caveated – and reluctant – support for this measure waiting for certain things to be clarified (e.g. scheduling of road improvements if and when a county-wide tax passes, status of funds collected from other taxes, etc.), I can assuredly say after the revelations of the past month involving the mailers that I cannot offer my support for it.
Council Candidate Sergio Alvarado has been the only other Council candidate to share an open opposition to the road tax, and the only candidate to do so since the beginning of the Nov. 4 election process.
“We can all agree that our roads aren't very well maintained, but, the way the Measure is written causes me great concern,” Alvarado wrote in a statement.
Alvarado has cited lack of funds dedicated to roads over recent years, as well as the Turlock road maintenance schedule that may or may not be completed if Stanislaus County were to pass its own road and “ethical issues” surrounding the Citizens for Yes on Measure B.
The other three Turlock City Council candidates have stated their support of Measure B, especially Forrest White who sits on the Advising Committee for the Citizens for Yes on Measure B.
The voters of Turlock will get the final say on Nov. 4. Measure B requires a two-thirds, or 66.7%, approval to pass.