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A SLO County transportation tax will no longer be on the November ballot

San Luis Obispo, California.
Photo by Frankie Van Hooser / slocounty.ca.gov.
San Luis Obispo, California.

Efforts to put a transportation tax on the November ballot for San Luis Obispo County have been paused.

It’s called the Local Roads First Tax. Its purpose was to use a 0.5% sales tax to help raise funds to improve the county’s transportation.

The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG), announced this month that they have halted their efforts to get the measure on the upcoming election ballot.

Annie Bowsky is with SLOCOG. She said that the tax was dropped from the ballot because multiple cities in the county already proposed similar taxes to be in their general plans for the election.

“We're just going to continue to inform our constituents and residents throughout the county,” Bowsky said.

The tax was initially created as a way to address a $2.3 billion shortfall in the county’s transportation funding found in the 2023 Regional Transportation Plan. According to Bowsky, SLOCOG plans to continue working on the measure to prepare it for a future election.

KCBX Reporter Sarina Grossi is currently working to earn her Journalism degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She also works as a news anchor and reporter for KCPR Radio and as the Digital Manager for Mustang Media Group. Sarina was editor-in-chief of her community college newspaper. In her free time, she likes to read, watch movies, do arts and crafts, and go to thrift and antique stores.
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