"The city’s list of $268 million in projects is a dramatic shift from most other places in the state," reports Nick Pistor, focusing more on pedestrians and less on more highways and bridges.
"Mayor Francis Slay, who supports the tax, said it would be the first time more pedestrian-friendly initiatives could be funded with transportation tax money. The state’s gasoline tax, for example, is limited to roads and bridges."
The proposal would raise the sales tax from 8.679 percent to 9.429 percent. If passed, the tax would go into effect in 2015. "Many believe the tax increase is a long shot," according to Pistor.