Grass Valley puts sales tax on ballot |

Grass Valley puts sales tax on ballot

City voters will decide whether to fund building of the Dorsey Drive interchange, a downtown parking garage and other traffic-related improvements in the general election in November.

Grass Valley City Council members unanimously approved putting a half-cent sales tax on the ballot Tuesday night at their regular meeting.

“I think it’s a go and the timing is right and the projects lined up are really needed,” Mayor Gerard Tassone said after the meeting.

Two-thirds of city voters would have to approve the measure for it to go into effect.

The general sales tax would raise about $2.7 million per year in its early years. Without factoring out inflation, it would raise more than $70 million over its 20-year-life span.

Grass Valley’s proposed sales tax fund:

• Construction of the Dorsey Drive interchange with the Golden Center Freeway, estimated to cost $16.75 million if it can be funded as a single project instead of being built in phases.

• A parking structure downtown at South Auburn and Neal streets, for an estimated $10 million, plus an additional $2 million in other parking improvements.

• The Wolf Creek Parkway, including sidewalks and bicycle paths, for an estimated $13.5 million.

• Measures to slow down residential-area traffic and improve deteriorating infrastructure, for an estimated $16.5 million.

The projects will also include work to improve public transportation downtown and the building of new bus stops.

The city could use the sales tax money to encourage additional contributions from the California Department of Transportation, or to secure bonds to build the projects, Mayor Gerard Tassone said.


To contact staff writer Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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