In the past few years, attempts to increase the sales tax in Stanislaus County in order to fund road projects have failed at the ballot. County and transportation leaders were set to discuss a similar proposal for the 2012 ballot, but absences at the meeting resulted in a delay of the discussion. Overall, six of 16 voting members were not on hand for the scheduled road tax debate, so members agreed to postpone the matter, meaning a decision won’t come for at least another month. Leaders discussed a ballot measure in November, but the issue proved to be divisive, and now there are newly-elected board members. The Modesto Bee reports:
“Missing were Mayors Jim Ridenour of Modesto, Pat Paul of Oakdale, Luis Molina of Patterson and Charlie Goeken of Waterford, as well as Modesto Councilman Brad Hawn and county Supervisor Jim DeMartini. Paul sent Councilman Tom Dunlop as a stand-in. Paul and Molina, newly elected, are also new to the transportation panel. They and newly seated Supervisor Terry Withrow, who attended Wednesday, could alter a deadlock that developed in November when some strongly urged another countywide vote, others saying families can't afford more taxes. Previous attempts to bump up sales tax for road projects failed in 2006 and 2008, the last by only 389 votes out of 155,535 cast.”
Back in November, board members were split due to some believing it was not a good time for an increase in sales tax and others arguing that the funds were desperately needed. For more, see here.