TNT/TMA considers half cent sales tax measure |

TNT/TMA considers half cent sales tax measure

Two upcoming meetings concerning a draft transportation master plan which would ask voters to approve a 1/2 cent sales tax are scheduled and public opinion is encouraged.

The Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association will be providing information on the proposed transportation master plan and sales tax at both of the meetings.

According to TNT/TMA Executive Director Jennifer Merchant, the 1/2 cent increase would generate roughly $1 million for the master draft plan. Some of the components in the plan include half-hourly TART bus service, night time bus service, traffic management funding, airport shuttle service, skier/employee shuttle service and others.

Before the sales tax can be placed on the November ballot, a transportation master plan must be formulated. If the sales tax is not approved in the fall, the transportation authority would not be formed.

The first meeting will be at the North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council tonight at the North Tahoe Community Conference Center in Kings Beach at 6 p.m. The second meeting will be held in Olympic Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Squaw Valley Lodge board room from 6 to 8 p.m.

Legislation passed last year allows for an election to be held in the eastern part of Placer County to vote up to a half-cent sales tax increase to fund a wide range of transportation needs

The North Tahoe Business Association is hosting the last public meeting to be held before the final draft transportation plan is produced on Thursday, Jan. 27, time and location to be announced.

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