Turlock

February 26, 2014

Turlock endorses Stanislaus road tax spending plan

A Stanislaus County spending plan for a proposed half-percent sales-tax increase to benefit transportation won support Tuesday night from the Turlock City Council, which is especially eager for a route serving its main industrial zone.

A spending plan for proposed road tax money won support Tuesday night from the City Council, which is especially eager for a route serving its main industrial zone.

The council voted 5-0 to endorse the formula devised by the Stanislaus Council of Governments for a half-percent sales-tax increase that could go before county voters in November.

The measure would raise an estimated $970 million over its 25-year life. StanCOG proposes spending 47 percent of the money on major corridors, including one between Turlock and Patterson serving the food processors and other industries along West Main Street.

Another 47 percent would repair county roads and city streets. The remaining 6 percent would go to rail, bicycle, pedestrian and senior transportation projects.

Councilmen Steven Nascimento and Bill DeHart said the city needs to ensure that the spending plan is not changed in the future to serve the needs of other areas.

Bob Endsley, a longtime real estate agent and civic leader in Turlock, said the road projects “can really help improve the overall quality of our community and our county.”

StanCOG, a transportation planning agency, is in the midst of seeking support for the spending plan from the county’s nine cities. The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors also endorsed it Tuesday.

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