Proposed Sales Tax Approved

The Lake County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposed lake sales tax this week. The 0.5 percent transaction and use tax will fund various Water Resources projects. The money raised will go towards water quality programs like monitoring, dredging Burns Valley Creek, restoration of Middle Creek Marsh, creation of wetland adjacent to the east canal of the Clear Lake Keys, and more. The tax money can only be used for programs listed in the ordinance, which will be put on the June election ballot. The ordinance is headed to the Board of Equalization for further review and approval, and will return to the BOS in late January to early February.