City Voters Approve Tax Hike for Roads
This report is based on the Final Unofficial Results posted by the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder:
Paso Robles voters approved a half-percent sales tax increase Tuesday that the city council placed on the ballot to help repair roads.
Measure E-12 passed with 59-percent, 5,236 votes. While the funds are not formally designated for roads, the measure says the funds will “Provide funding that cannot be seized by the State, but will stay in Paso Robles for such things as street repair, maintenance, and improvement, and other vital city needs. ” The sales tax increase is estimated to generate $3 million and will expire in 12 years.
Voters approved a related measure, F-12, that advises the city to spend the new increase specifically on roads. The measure reads: “If the voters approve a one half of one percent City limited term general sales tax increase, shall the additional revenues be used primarily for the purpose of repairing and maintaining the City’s roadways?” It passed with 71-percent of the vote.
Measure G, which extends the term of the mayor from two years to four years passed with with 58-percent of the vote.