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Truckee Council mulls sales tax extension

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Truckee’s road tax is set to expire in 2010, so the town is starting to plan for a new vote to keep the funding coming.

Approved by a supermajority of Truckee voters in 1997, the half-cent sales tax has helped pay for maintenance of the town’s backbone road system.

So far the tax has generated an average of $2.2 million per year, said Town Manager Tony Lashbrook, of which the town spends roughly $1 million a year for road overlays and slurry-seals.

The town usually approves an additional $1.9 million from the town’s general fund to pay for road work, Lashbrook said.

To begin preparing to renew the tax, the Truckee Town Council last week agreed to create a Measure A working group, made up of residents representing homeowners associations, environmental groups and the Chamber of Commerce, as well as council members and others, according to a town staff report.

Additionally, the town decided to hire Tramutola, a consultant that worked with Tahoe Forest Hospital on the recent $98.5 million Measure C bond election, to help with planning and polling for a renewal of Measure A, according to staff reports.

Council approved a $50,000 contract with Tramutola to study the possibility of extending Measure A, including surveying the depth of public support for the sales tax.