Local Elections

Rancho Cordova sales tax, incumbents headed toward victory

Incumbents on the Rancho Cordova City Council are headed toward victory and will likely take office with additional sales-tax revenue.

Based on county election reports, Council Members Linda Budge and Dan Skoglund were leading four challengers by more than 10 percentage points. County officials estimated Wednesday that about one-third of vote-by-mail and provisional ballots countywide have yet to be tallied.

The challengers – James Feci, a disabled veteran; Dean Michelini, a cook; Conrade Mayer, a youth counselor; and group-home counselor Kevin E. Johnson –said Rancho Cordova needs a change in leadership to address problems such as blight and poor street conditions.

Mayer is the closest challenger in the latest results, receiving nearly 18 percent of the vote, trailing current second-place finisher Skoglund with 28 percent of the vote.

Voters appeared to pass a sales tax increase of a half-cent on the dollar, as Measure H had 59 percent of the vote. Officials said revenues would pay for a variety of services, including increased police presence and clearing blight on Folsom Boulevard.

City officials estimate the tax will raise $5 million a year, which would boost the city’s $43 million annual budget by more than 10 percent. It is a general tax, meaning the city can spend it on any purpose.

Call The Bee’s Brad Branan, (916) 321-1065. Follow him on Twitter @BradB_at_SacBee.