Town of Truckee Trails and Natural Space Sales Tax Increase, Measure R (June 2014)

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A Town of Truckee Trails and Natural Space Sales Tax Increase, Measure R ballot question was on the June 3, 2014 election ballot for voters in the town of Truckee in Nevada County, California, where it was approved.

Measure R authorized the district to increase its sales tax by 0.25 percent in order to fund the maintenance, construction and upkeep of trails and natural, open-space areas.[1]

A two-thirds supermajority vote was required for the approval of Measure R.

Election results

Measure R
Approveda Yes 2,224 76.11%
Election results from Nevada County Elections Office

Text of measure

Impartial analysis

The following impartial analysis of Measure R was prepared by the office of the town attorney:[1]

California Election Code Section 9280 requires the Town Attorney to prepare an analysis of any proposed Town ballot measure, showing the effect of the measure on existing law and describing the operation of the measure.

Measure R has been placed on the ballot by the Truckee Town Council. If approved by 2/3 of those voting, it would add an additional 1/4 cent to the amount of sales tax currently collected in Truckee. The funds raised by the proposed tax can be used only for the purposes listed in the ballot measure, including completing the Truckee River Legacy Trail, building and maintaining paved and dirt trails, and protecting the environment and natural open space along trail corridors. Specific uses that would be allowed include pavement maintenance, erosion control, sweeping, litter removal, snow removal and other winter maintenance, and repair or replacement of bridges, signs, bike racks, sanitation facilities, and other amenities.

The proposed tax would “sunset” or end after 10 years and could not be continued without approval from the voters in a future election. Expenditure of the tax proceeds received would be prioritized and approved by the Truckee Town Council, and audited annually by a Citizens’ Oversight Committee appointed by the Town Council.

The operation of the measure, if approved, will be to provide sales tax revenues to the Town of Truckee for the specified purposes. Those funds cannot be used for any other purpose, and cannot be taken by the State of California. The Town Council will decide how to allocate the funds raised to specific projects, and those decisions are required to be made at public meetings with opportunities for public involvement. If the measure is not approved there will be no funding available for construction and maintenance of trails, safe routes to schools, trailside open space, or other Measure R purposes beyond what the Town Council chooses to expend from other revenue sources.[2]

—Andrew Morris, Town Attorney [1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nevada County Elections Office website, "June 3, 2014, Measure R Impartial Analysis," archived June 7, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.