Moragans -- and just about everyone else, it seems -- have shown a proclivity for hanging onto their wallets of late, so the results of a recent phone survey testing local support for a one percent sales tax increase to fund road repairs should prove interesting.
Three hundred residents were surveyed. Locals were asked if they would support a once percent sales tax increase or Community Facilities District (CFD). A representative from Godbe Research, the firm conducting the survey, will present their findings during a special meeting of the Moraga Town Council tonight at 7 p.m. in the La Sala Room of the .
The Town's Revenue Enhancement and Community Outreach to Neighborhoods (RECON) committee suggested a survey be conducted as Moraga looks for ways to fund repair of its roads. City leaders have suggested that the situation has reached a critical stage and that putting off repairs will only cost more -- down the road.
Adoption of the CFD with a target assessment of $100 per household would generate $450,000 per year and be used to help generate millions in bonds, experts say. If approved, an increase in the sales tax would generate approximately $900,000 a year. Advisors have suggested a combination of the two plans would generate sufficient monies to ensure road repairs and distribute the financial responsibility for the fix between residents and visitors who shop here.