Roads, school issues head up April 14 ballot
Truckee voters will go to the polls Tuesday, April 14, to decide the fate of a half-cent sales tax measure to fund repairs to the town’s main thoroughfares, as well as a $35 million bond issue measure which would be used to fund expansion of Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District facilities.
Measure A – Half-cent sales tax for roads
Measure A on the ballot is the proposed half-cent sales tax, revenue from which will be used to:
— Fund repairs to 32 miles of “backbone” roads in the Truckee area, including Alder Creek, Donner Pass Road, Donner Lake Road, Martis Valley Road, Glenshire Drive, Rainbow Drive, Northwoods Boulevard and main roads in the downtown area.
— Free up money currently used in the maintenance of the backbone roads, allowing it to be used for repairs to other roads in Truckee.
The tax is expected to generate about $800,000 yearly, and would be up for renewal by voters after 12 years.
Upon incorporation, Truckee inherited almost $40 million in pending road repairs, and deterioration of the town’s roads is estimated by town staff at $1 million yearly. The current yearly budget for road repairs and maintenance is approximately $400,000.
Measure B – $35 million bond issue for school expansion
Measure B on the ballot, “Building Better Schools,” is a bond issue which will aid in the expansion of the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District’s overcrowded facilities in the Truckee area.
Funds generated by the $35 million bond issue would be used to:
— Build a new middle school for 1,000 students.
— Convert Sierra Mountain Middle School into an elementary
— Build a performing arts center/gymnasium at Tahoe-Truckee High School.
— Bring more technology into all campuses and expand existing media centers.
— Improve and enlarge the high school cafeteria.
— Improve maintenance of existing school, including the replacement of aging roofs.
— Upgrade electrical systems.
— Upgrade and install security systems and lighting within schools.
— Replace deteriorating plumbing, heating and ventilation systems.
According to figures released by the district, its enrollment has been increasing by about 5 percent yearly since 1988. Some schools have already exceeded their capacities.
Truckee Elementary School is operating at 166 percent capacity, while Glenshire Elementary School is at 138 percent of capacity, and Sierra Mountain Middle School is at 152 percent of capacity.
The $35 million bond issue will exist for 25 years and will cost each property owner about $40 per $100,000 of assessed property value yearly.
Election results available night of April 14
Election results for the special election in Truckee will be available April 14 on the Internet and by phone from the Nevada County Elections Department, according to County Clerk Bruce Bolinger.
Beginning with the absentee votes at 8 p.m., results may be obtained from the election department’s web site address at http://www.nccn.net/govrnmnt/election, or by calling toll-free to (888)395-1298. Polling place ballots will be flown down to Nevada City for counting, weather permitting. Bolinger said precinct election results should be available by 10:30 p.m.
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