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County tax won’t be on the ballot

Josh Singer
Sun News Service

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors said Tuesday it would not put a half-cent sales tax measure to raise money for road repairs on the November ballot, citing worries that doing so would interfere with similar measures being sponsored by Grass Valley and Nevada City.

With the two cities already set to ask voters to approve a half-cent sales tax for road repairs in November, Supervisor Nate Beason said that adding a county-wide measure would “create a three-humped camel” as well as create an additional one cent sales tax in city limits.

Beason and outgoing District 4 Supervisor Robin Sutherland also discussed at the meeting the problem of causing “leakage” ” creating an incentive for residents to shop outside the county ” by raising taxes.

The current county sales tax rate is 1.125 percent and can be set no higher than 2 percent.

A survey of 654 Nevada County voters polled by telephone showed that a half-cent sales tax measure currently has 68 percent approval, more than the two-thirds majority it needs to pass, according to Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin and Associates, who completed their study April 2006.