Supervisors look at road tax options

If Sonoma County residents want better roads, they may find a one-quarter-cent tax measure on the November ballot to give them what they want.

At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting in Santa Rosa, the board will hold a public hearing to consider one of two tax ordinances to pay for improved roads.

The first option is a general, countywide, transitions and use tax, while the second option is a tax measure dedicated to fund road maintenance in the county. The first option would only take a majority vote of the electorate to pass while the specialized tax would require a two-thirds majority to pass.

County staff is recommending the supervisors opt for the general transactions and use tax.

According to the summary prepared for the supervisors, for several years, the county has prioritized transportation infrastructure, transit, enhancing safety for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists, fixing potholes, repairing local roads and streets, and improving the quality of life for county residents to achieve its strategic goal of economic and environmental stewardship. This prioritization stemmed from both recognition of the importance of a well-maintained network and the decline of the county’s roads.

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