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Town of Moraga Sales Tax Increase, Measure K (November 2012)
Measure K added a one-cent sales tax that will last for 20 years. The funds will be used to pay for road and storm drain repair. The overall sales tax in Moraga is 8.25% after the ballot question was approved. The sales tax does not apply to groceries, prescription drugs, professional services or rent.
The annual budget of the town is $6 million. The cost of necessary road maintenance is estimated at $25 million.
- Final official results from the Contra Costa County elections office.
Resident Richard Olsen said, "Our roads are falling apart now - we need to do something or we will end up like Orinda."
Dale Walmark said, "Streets and storm drains desperately need an on-going source of revenue."
Mayor Mike Metcalf said, "It's up to us - we're not going to get help from the County or Sacramento. I think we should go for it with everything we've got."
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure K: "To keep local streets from falling into disrepair and maintain Town services, including: fixing potholes and cracks; maintaining neighborhood police patrols and response times; repairing neighborhood streets; maintaining recreation programs for youth and seniors; other general Town services, shall the Town of Moraga enact a one-cent sales tax for 20 years with authority to incur debt to accelerate infrastructure projects, with annual audits, citizens’ oversight, no funds for Sacramento and all funds spent only for Moraga?"|
- LaMorinda Weekly, "Town Okays Sales Tax Measure for November Ballot," August 1, 2012
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