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SALES TAX TUSSLE:


Transit advocates assailed a draft plan for renewing the countywide sales tax that helps pay for roads and transportation. The draft calls for a renewed half-cent tax and an additional quarter-cent tax to appear on the November ballot as Measures A and B. At a public outreach meeting Thursday, several speakers pressed staff to either combine the two measures or shift more projects to Measure A, which has the best chance of passing, while bus advocates insisted that Metropolitan Transit District should control its fate rather than as a line item on other agencies’ budgets. The County Association of Governments’ staff will present the draft measures to its board on April 5, and again on April 20, before it is sent to the cities and county for their approval.

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