Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

The hotly controversial Proposition 6, which proposes to repeal the Senate Bill 1 gas tax, won in Del Norte County by about a 5 percent margin.

Final results of mail-in and election day ballots showed 52.79 percent of county voters supported the proposition, while 47.21 did not.

Locally, the proposition has sparked significant discussion about whether motorists are justified in driving over the border to Brookings to fill up their tanks with tax-free fuel.

Del Norte County Supervisors Bob Berkowitz and Roger Gitlin have supported the proposition, saying increased fuel and registration costs impact low-earning families in the county.

Supervisor Lori Cowan opposed Prop 6, saying it would eliminate funding for many state and local road projects, including the rerouting of Last Chance Grade.

Supervisors Gerry Hemmingsen and Chris Howard supported Prop 6 but changed their positions upon learning that its passage would eliminate certain road funding.

Across the state, preliminary numbers were similar at 10:15 p.m. with 54.5 percent of voters supporting and 44.5 percent opposing with about 25 percent of the state’s votes counted.

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