Support For Sacramento County Measure B Sales Tax Increase Loses Ground


November 9, 2016 |  12:39 a.m

According to the latest results, the 30-year 1/2 cent sales tax increase proposed by the Sacramento Transportation Authority has fallen further behind in the threshold needed for approval.

The results posted at 11:48 p.m. by the Sacramento County Board of Elections show that yes votes on Measure B has slipped to 65.46-percent, or 164,216. The measure needs a super majority of 66.66 percent for approval.

The no votes total 86,633 or 34.54-percent.

Although the yes side had raised over $1 million dollars compared to about $22,000 for the no side, the super majority hurdle may have been proved to large of an obstacle to overcome. The measure was supported by most elected officials in Sacramento County including Sacramento Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg who loaned $200,000 in support of the measure.

The measure seeks to raise funds by increasing sales taxes in Sacramento County by 1/2 cent to fund a variety of transportation needs. Among the most controversial aspects of the measure was funding to help build the Southeast Connector Highway.  

The vote is not yet final and should the results hold, it is likely the proponents will seek a recount given the narrow margin.  




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