A state law known as the "Gann limit" effectively caps appropriations for operational expenditures. The current cap of $40 million was approved in 2007, but set to expire at the end of this year. According to the supporting argument, "if the current Gann limit is not maintained then the District will be forced to eliminate a number of existing services including reducing the number of stations in operation."
The district includes Atherton, East Palo Alto and unincorporated areas, as well as Menlo Park.
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