Amador BOS Talk Sales Tax And More

Amador BOS Talk Sales Tax And More

The Amador Board of Supervisors continues to debate the merits of a ballot measure that will raise sales tax in the County in order to pay for road repairs.   A divided Board took up the sales tax issue for the second time in as many months.   The split on the issue was between advocates for the sale tax, such as Supervisor Frank Axe and Sutter Creek Mayor Robin Peters, who pushed the Board of Supervisors to formally endorse the measure, which would add half a percent to Amador's current 7.75% sales tax and raise an estimated 3 million dollars a year.  But more skeptical members of the Board, such as Richard Forster and Jeff Brown, wished the Board to hold off on a formal endorsement until either more details were released on the proposal or that the five City Governments endorse the measure first.  In the end, the measure was sent back to the ad hoc committee on the measure to determine how much it would cost to place the measure on the November ballot.   The Board also discussed a path forward for the Hideout event center.   The picturesque log cabin hosts a variety of events near Kirkwood, but County officials have struggled to find a way to legally approved of the Hideout without allowing similar event centers throughout the rural areas of the County.   In the end the Board endorsement a plan where the Hideout would apply for a special planned development zoning designation for its property.  If approved by the County the zoning would allow the Hideout and would not apply anywhere else unless a property owner made a special rezoning application.                                                                                          

Written by Craig Baracco

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