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Why are local funds important? What is a self-help county?

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With local funds, we can choose our own transportation improvements, and the state cannot take the money away:  we are helping ourselves. Many counties in California are “self-help” counties that leverage state and federal funds. In fact – our neighboring counties have all become self-help counties and a have a reliable source of local transportation funding to address their transportation needs. San Benito is not currently a “self-help” county but can join others around California in becoming one to qualify and compete for matching state and federal funds with the passage of Measure G.