Election saw no increase in sales tax for South Lake Tahoe
November 9, 2016
Residents of South Lake Tahoe opted to not increase sales tax in yesterday’s election.
Measure U — a proposed half-percent increase in sales tax within city limits — did not secure the necessary votes to pass.
The final election results, which rolled in early Wednesday morning, showed the measure was voted down by 2,622 votes or 57.74 percent, compared to 1,919 votes in favor, or 42.26 percent.
The increase would have boosted the city’s sales tax from 8 percent to 8.5 percent, and generated an estimated $2.5 million annually.
Though Measure U did not pass, the results from the three advisory votes provided some insight on where voters would like to see money spent in the community — roads.
Roads (Measure R), housing (Measure Q) or facilities (Measure S) were the three options for where the revenue from the sales tax increase could have been spent.
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Roads earned 3,095 yes-votes, or 67.58 percent, and 1,485 no-votes, or 32.42 percent.
By comparison, housing tallied 2,562 no-votes, 56.62 percent, and 1,963 votes in favor, or 43.38 percent. Facilities came in last with 3,377 votes in opposition of funding, or 74.45 percent, and 1,159 in favor, or 25.55 percent.
Measure U needed to receive 50 percent plus one of the votes.