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Half-cent tax takes a step forward in Grass Valley

A measure to raise money for the 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.

Measure T, a half-cent sales tax funding the interchange and street repair, and also a downtown parking garage and construction of the Wolf Creek Parkway trail system, received approval from a majority of voters in 2006, but failed to reach the two-thirds necessary to pass.

It’s the second initiative to be proposed for the ballot. The other, the Managed Growth Initiative, would extend the life of the 2020 General plan to 2038 and require a public vote for developments that exceed the plan’s allowed intensity of use.


To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail tkleist@theunion.com or call 477-4230.

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