Most of the big transportation projects you see around San Diego, like new trolley lines and freeway expansions, are done by the San Diego Association of Governments.

SANDAG is a sort of United Nations of local governments since its board is composed of local leaders from around the county.

In 2004, San Diego County voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase that would be used by SANDAG to preserve open space and build major transportation projects for the next 40 years. It was supposed to raise $14 billion.

So far, however, the tax is raising less money than SANDAG said it would, and now the agency admits it won’t raise close to the $14 billion promised.

On this week’s San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego’s Andrew Keatts and NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean shed light on how SANDAG’s money shortage could affect the many transportation projects promised to voters who approved the 2004 sales tax hike.

Kinsee Morlan was formerly the Engagement Editor at Voice of San Diego and author of the Culture Report. She also managed VOSD’s podcasts and covered...

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