The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to endorse a sales tax increase to finance transportation projects in the Central Valley county.
The plan will go before voters in November, and will need two-thirds of the vote to pass. A similar measure failed in 2006 with about 58% of the vote. Compared to that measure, the new tax would be shorter in duration — 20 years instead of 30 — and distribute a greater share to local projects instead of regional projects.
Such transportation sales taxes are increasingly common in California, and typically trigger the issuance of bonds backed by sales taxes to speed up projects.