Nov 5, 2014
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Measure U, the half-cent sales tax aimed at repairing and maintaining Richmond’s roads and funding programs such as public safety and health, passed Tuesday, with 53.71-percent voting yes and 46.29-percent voting no.

The measure, which will generate $7 million in its first year, will bring Richmond’s sales tax rate to 9.5-percent. The tax amounts to an average of $2.93 per month per Richmond resident.

City officials say a portion of the revenue generated by Measure U will be used to secure a bond that will allow the city to spend $30 million per year over three years to smooth over the streets.

While Measure U was intended for road repair, council decided to make the measure a general tax in order to avoid the two-thirds voter approval required for a specific-purpose tax.

While Richmond’s streets are currently rated as fair, funding streams to maintain and continue improvements have run dry, Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay had argued when Measure U was initially proposed.



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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.