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After scrambling to educate local leaders and residents about a proposed transportation sales tax, the Scott County Board approved the measure at a special meeting May 12. It adds a half-cent to each dollar spent in the county, and a $20 excise tax for retail sales of vehicles. It's expected to take effect Oct. 1 and raise $6 million a year for road projects and some transit efforts.
The board had delayed an April vote after hearing that residents were confused. But then it learned of a measure moving through the Legislature that would include Scott and Carver counties in the Counties Transit Improvement Board, which would collect a ¾-cent sales tax. By passing the half-cent tax before the session ended, the board preserved funds for local projects. The CTIB tax ultimately was not approved.