Will Richmond voters support a half-cent sales tax increase to fix the city’s streets?

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Richmond City Council took a step Tuesday night toward placing a half-cent sales tax hike on the November ballot intended to repair and maintain the city’s streets.

But as the West County Times explains, if the tax passes, voters will have to trust that Richmond’s council will use the revenue solely for street repairs.

The measure, the Times said, will be for a general tax and not require that the funds be used on streets, a gamble the council is willing to take to avoid the two-thirds vote requirement for taxes that are required for a specific purpose, per state law.

The tax would generate about $7 million per year, the Times added, which could be used to secure bond that would allow the city to spend $30 million per year over three years to smooth over the streets, many of which are in poor shape.

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