Town of Truckee Considering Sales Tax to Raise Millions for Trails & Bikeways
Based on results of recent opinion polling conducted by San Francisco-based consulting firm TBWB Strategies, Truckee residents appear supportive of a quarter-cent sales tax for trails in Truckee. The Town of Truckee is now considering whether to move forward with ballot language and filing with the County Registrar of Voters . A vote by the Truckee Town Council is expected at the January 14 Town Council meeting.
The Truckee Trails Foundation is strongly in favor of such a measure, which, if approved, would be placed on the June 3, 2014 primary ballot. We have been busy reaching out to our members, local businesses, and other stakeholders to assess support and seek volunteers who’re willing to help with a campaign. So far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive! If you’re interested in helping out, please contact Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If approved, this tax would amount to 25 cents for every $100 dollars spent on retail products and prepared food and drink (the tax would not apply to most food purchased for human consumption). The tax would raise approximately $1,000,000 per year for new trails and bikeways and for necessary trails/bikeway maintenance. High on the list of priority trails would likely be completion of the Truckee River Legacy Trail to Donner Lake.
WHY are we hoping to take this on? TTF has been working hard to help build out the trails of the Trails & Bikeways Master Plan for the past 10 years. With over 100 miles of trails and bikeways remaining to be built, it’s time we had a regular funding stream that can help us reach our goals even faster. Trails are a vital component of our community and our lifestyle here in Truckee. By connecting our community — homes, schools, businesses — with trails and bikeways we will be able to walk, run, or bicycle around town more safely and live healthier lifestyles. Let’s make it happen!