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Road, library taxes headed to ballot?

It’s almost a certainty that county voters will find two new tax measures on the November ballot.

One will improve the county’s aging road system and the other will help the county’s library system.

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a preliminary reading for both measures at Tuesday’s meeting and will vote for final approval on Aug. 5.

The proposed road tax would be a general tax for one-quarter of a cent and would only require a majority vote, while the proposed library tax would be a specialized one-eighth-cent tax that would require a two-thirds majority to pass.

The road tax would raise an estimated $20 million a year. But the county would share the proceeds with cities the way it shares Proposition M money, with the cities receiving 56 percent of the funding. That would leave the county with about $8.7 million a year for its $40 million a year road package.


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