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10/8/2012
Election 2012: Some California ballots would benefit roads, streets
By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, ballots in some California locales will include questions that would benefit transportation uses.

Voters in the city of Paso Robles will decide whether to pay a half-cent more on every dollar spent in the community of about 30,000 people. The city, located off the 101 Freeway in San Luis Obispo County, would have a 1.5 percent local sales tax rate – up from 1 percent.

Measure E on the ballot is estimated to raise about $3 million annually for the next 12 years. The revenue would be used for street repairs, maintenance and improvements.

Further up the 101 in Monterey County another community will vote on the local sales tax rate. Ballots in the city of Salinas will include a question about whether to permanently extend a half-cent sales tax increase in place since 2006.

Set to expire in 2016, voter approval of Measure E would keep the city’s current sales tax rate of 7.75 percent unchanged. The half-cent portion of the tax accounts for about $10 million annually.

Among the many services that benefit from the tax in the city of 153,000 people are roads.

In neighboring Santa Cruz County, voters in the city of Capitola will decide whether to increase the local sales tax by a quarter-cent. The increase would be permanent.

Measure 0 on the local ballot would benefit public safety and street improvements.

Advocates say extending the tax would help cover the nearly $500,000 annually that is needed to maintain streets.

A San Bernardino County locale will include a sales tax question on the fall ballot. Measure U on the town of Yucca Valley’s ballot will ask voters whether to raise the local sales tax by 1 cent for the next 30 years.

Supporters say the change is needed to help cover the costs of a centralized sewer system. Roads would also get a portion of the additional revenue.

If approved, the city of 21,000 people located north of Palm Springs off Interstate 10 would have an 8.75 percent sales tax rate – up from 7.75 percent.

For more 2012 election coverage from Land Line, click here.

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