Voters OK keeping Georgetown’s road-upkeep sales tax in place

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Georgetown voters widely approved the reauthorization of a quarter-cent sales-and-use tax that pays for more than half of the city’s road maintenance costs, according to unofficial election returns.

With all polling locations reporting, more than 80 percent of Georgetown voters approved the reauthorization.

Revenue from the tax in FY 2018-19 is anticipated to account for 58 percent of the funding needed for the city’s pavement maintenance management program.

The tax is the primary funding source for street maintenance in Georgetown, according to the city. The quarter-cent tax brought in more than $3.1 million during the city’s FY 2017-18. That total should rise to about $3.4 million in FY 2018-19, according to city projections.

The Texas Tax Code requires voters to reauthorize such taxes every four years. Georgetown voters first approved the tax in 2002, then subsequently approved the tax again during elections in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Election results are unofficial until canvassed.

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