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Roseville Council approves ½-cent sales tax measure for November ballot

By: Brody Fernandez, Lead Reporter for South Placer
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Roseville City Council discussed tax measures and budget adjustments at Wednesday’s regular meeting as the city wrapped up its budget workshops this week.

The council voted unanimously 5-0 to place a ½-cent sales tax measure on the November ballot. If this measure passes in November, it is estimated to generate $18.4 million annually for Roseville. The city would receive all the revenue from this ½-cent sales tax.

Currently, the city only receives 15 percent of the current 7.25 percent sales tax (the remainder goes to the state and county.) Additionally, this measure if approved would bring in a significant share of the sales tax generated by out-of-towners shopping in Roseville.   

Resolution 7.26 was accepted by the council, which approves the Professional Design Services Agreement with Mark Thomas and Company (MTCo) for construction support and lighting assessment for the Downtown Bridges and Trail Project. The project includes:

  • Rotation and refurbishment of the Rube Nelson “Icehouse” bridge
  • Construction of the new “Downtown Pedestrian Bridge,” a landmark bridge providing a direct connection between Royer Park and the Vernon Street Town Square
  • Construction of the Taylor Street (library) bridge replacement
  • Continuation of the Miners Ravine Class I Trail into Royer Park
  • Modifications to the Oak Street, Royer Park and library parking lots. 

In other news: 

Resolution 7.31 was passed, authorizing fuel costs for the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Budget Adjustment. The resolution authorizes certain amendments to the 2017-18 budget and declares this ordinance to be immediately effective as an appropriation measure.  Staff requests approval of a budget adjustment of $142,894.00 to the Fiscal Year 2017-18 Fleet Services fuel budget to cover increased fuel costs for city vehicles and equipment.  The action requested will have an approximate impact of $38,581.00 to the General Fund. The remainder will come from various enterprise funds throughout the city.

The only presentation of the night was from Kathryn McClary, who presented the Operator of the Year Award to Francis Hernandez, a MV Transportation bus operator in Roseville.