Half-cent sales tax takes a step forward | TheUnion.com

Half-cent sales tax takes a step forward

A measure to raise money for the Dorsey Drive interchange took a step toward the ballot box Friday when the Grass Valley city attorney released her summary of the citizen initiative.

The initiative would raise sales taxes in the city by a half-cent for every dollar spent for 10 years, helping to build a freeway interchange at Dorsey Drive and to repair city streets.

According to the initiative’s language, funds would be divided, with 56 percent going to the interchange and 44 percent going to street repair.

A citizen committee would recommend project priorities and review the annual audit of the fund in which tax revenues would be deposited.

The life of the tax could be shortened if the financing for the projects were completed sooner.

Proponents of the sales tax initiative say the Dorsey Drive interchange would provide quicker access to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

Their next steps are to publish the initiative, then collect more than 600 valid signatures.

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