The Town of Truckee leaders want a quarter-cent sales tax increase to pay for walking and biking trails. The first step for the town is to get the proposed tax hike on the November ballot. For the tax-hike to pass, it must win by a two-thirds margin.
Town managers say public funding sources for bikeway trails are disappearing. The sales tax increase is a way to continue funding necessary bike and pedestrian trails. There was a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the sales tax increase on January 7, 2014.
The sales tax in Truckee is already above the California average of 8%. Truckee is currently at 8.125%. The additional quarter-cent increase would bring the tax rate to 8.5%. Nevada City is the only city in Nevada County that has a sales tax rate that high.
I use the existing trail system often and applaud the Town’s dedication to expanding the trails. If Truckee can’t afford to build trails right now, let’s wait. Truckee should have a few extra dollars in the coffers when the Railyard Project comes to town.