After a final vote by the Turlock City Council on Tuesday night, all that stands in the way of a half-cent sales tax to benefit roads is a two-thirds approval on the November ballot.
As expected, councilmembers approved a resolution to move forward with the road tax that is expected to generate about $5.6 million annually, or about $39.2 million over the seven-year life of the tax. Each quadrant of the city is expected to see some repairs each year.
A 4-1 majority approved the placement of the road tax on the Nov. 4 ballot. Councilmember Amy Bublak cast the lone no vote; Bublak previously argued that residents are facing rising costs in other areas, so a new tax is something she did not support.
The road tax will move forward without the inclusion of a clause that would have diverted some generated revenue from the tax to the city’s bus system after councilmembers voted down the inclusion of the clause on May 27.
“It doesn’t mix up transit into it,” Councilmember Forrest White previously said. “We can deal with transit on a separate basis when the issue comes up.”
The initially-proposed road tax would have devoted 2 percent of revenues to the City of Turlock’s bus system. With 100 percent of the revenues going to roads, the City will now have to find a way to replace approximately $60,000 per year for the bus system from another source.
It will cost roughly $30,000 to place the road tax on the Nov. 4 ballot, Turlock City Manager Roy Wasden said.
The half-cent sales tax to generate funds for road repairs will require a two-thirds vote from Turlock voters to pass in November.