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Grass Valley to consider city sales tax

Grass Valley City Council members will consider whether to ask city residents to support a sales tax for transportation projects.

The proposal to put a half-cent sales tax measure on the November ballot is on the agenda for the City Council meeting starting at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

A recent county-wide survey showed more than two-thirds of voters would favor a tax measure specifically for transportation improvement projects.

However, it is unclear whether the Nevada County Transportation Commission, which first floated the idea, would be able to garner the support it needs in time for putting the measure on the November ballot. The commission would need the support of councils in Grass Valley, Nevada City, Truckee and the county Board of Supervisors by early August to put such a measure on the ballot, commission director Dan Landon said.

Robert Doty, the city’s financial advisor, reported that a city-wide tax could raise $2.7 million in the first year. It could raise $70 million over the course of 20 years.

The city could float bond issues against the tax income to fund projects including the Dorsey Drive interchange with the Golden Center Freeway.

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