Grass Valley uses Obama plan to pitch sales tax |

Grass Valley uses Obama plan to pitch sales tax

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. ” Officials in a Sierra foothills town are using President Barack Obama’s stimulus package to help make their pitch for a sales tax increase.

Grass Valley officials want to generate more local funding to repair roads, including a long-sought interchange. City Administrator Dan Holler says the tax initiative could enable the town, about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento, to qualify for more federal transportation money.

Voters have been cool to the idea in the past. Two earlier signature-gathering efforts fell short and did not qualify for the ballot. One was abandoned last summer, while the most recent attempt in January missed a filing deadline.

The City Council is expected to discuss the tax initiative Tuesday. They will consider increasing the tax in increments ranging from a quarter-cent to a half-cent.

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