Sonoma consider further delay of road-tax measure


Sonoma County officials want voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax to fund road maintenance and repairs. But they’re increasingly nervous about asking.

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors had originally scheduled the vote for this November. Later, it decided to delay the vote until March, hoping to pass the measure in a special election. Now, it appears, the board will seek a delay until later in the year.

The move appears to be an attempt to buy extra time and avoid a defeat at the ballot box.

“Public trust in government, to use new funds wisely, is low,” according to the county administrator’s staff report to the Board of Supervisors.

The sales tax measure would generate $20 million a year for 20 years for county and city road repairs.