With a half-percent sales tax increase to be voted on this November in South Lake Tahoe, a group of Tahoe Keys residents are pushing for the public to join them in passing that increase, and also to vote in favor of putting that money towards roads.

“I have noticed a huge degradation of our road conditions in town,” said Leon Malmed, chair of the four-person Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association Road Committee, which is lobbying for support of Measure U and R on the ballot this election.

Malmed discovered that there is no line item in the budget for the rebuilding of roads in South Lake Tahoe.

Measure U, if passed, would raise the sales tax from 8 percent to 8.5 percent. Those who vote in favor of the increase are then given a choice of where they would like to see the estimated $2.5 million spent annually: roads (Measure R), housing (Measure Q), or facilities (Measure S).

In the process of exploring how the road committee could influence road conditions, Malmed discovered that there is no line item in the budget for the rebuilding of roads in South Lake Tahoe. [READ MORE AT Tahoe Daily Tribune]