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Election 2013: Some California voters will decide on higher taxes for road work
By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor

Communities along the California coast will decide in less than two weeks whether to raise more money for transportation work through higher taxes.

On Nov. 5, voters in the city of El Monte will decide whether to renew a one-half percent “transactions and use” tax for five years. The city of 115,000 people located east of Los Angeles on Interstate 10 has collected the tax on such things as prepared food since 2008.

Measure GG on the ballot would continue to provide revenue to support essential public services including street repairs and lighting.

In the San Francisco area, voters in Rohnert Park will decide whether to maintain a sales tax rate of 9.5 percent.

The state gets 7.5 percent of the sales tax with county and local governments claim the rest.

Measure A would renew a one-half percent sales tax, or 50 cents per $100 purchase, to benefit work that includes street paving and pothole repair in the community of 41,000 people located off the 101 Freeway.

The fee is scheduled to sunset in 2015. If approved by voters, the tax would continue to be collected unless the city council decides to end it.

Supporters say the tax is a good source of revenue for local improvements that the state cannot touch.

A few hours’ drive south in Marina, voters will choose whether to charge the city’s two card rooms a municipal tax. Measure I would authorize a 5 percent card room tax on all revenue.

The community located off the Pacific Coast Highway would get an estimated $175,000 to benefit general municipal services such as public safety and street maintenance.

More California election coverage is available here.

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