Turlock City Council to talk about road tax

jholland@modbee.comFebruary 24, 2014 

— A road show involving a possible Stanislaus County road tax will play in Turlock tonight.

The City Council will consider endorsing the proposed spending plan for the estimated $970 million that the half-percent sales tax would raise over 25 years.

The Stanislaus Council of Governments, a transportation planning agency, is running the proposal past the nine city councils and, this morning, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors. It would need at least two-thirds approval from voters, possibly in November.

StanCOG proposes setting aside 47 percent of the money for major east-west road projects, 47 percent for repair of city streets and county roads, and 6 percent for rail, bicycle, pedestrian and senior transportation projects.

One of the east-west projects would connect Highway 99 in Turlock with Interstate 5 in Patterson, serving the booming industrial zone along West Main Street. The others would involve Highway 132 east and west of Modesto and the North County Corridor from McHenry Avenue to Oakdale.

Turlock would get an estimated $2.69 million per year for street repair under the StanCOG formula. Tax money also could help the city become a stop for Altamont Corridor Express trains, which run from Stockton to San Jose by way of Manteca and Tracy.

Also tonight, the council will consider a partnership with the San Jose Earthquakes soccer team, which has a developmental team that will play a series of games at California State University, Stanislaus, starting next month.

Under the plan, the developmental team would practice at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex three mornings a week over 14 months, at times that do not interfere with other users. The city would help sell game tickets and get a 10 percent share of each one, with the proceeds going to youth soccer scholarships.

Bee staff writer John Holland can be reached at jholland@modbee.com or (209) 578-2385.

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