Will 2014 Bring a New Transit Tax Push in L.A.?
Officials with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority are considering two options for raising revenues in order to "help expand the region's fledgling rail network, improve complementary service on bus lines, and speed construction and repairs on rail lines and highways," reports Laura J. Nelson. One option would raise the county's sales tax rate by half a cent; the other would extend the sales tax increase approved by voters in 2008 beyond its 2039 expiration date.
"Still at issue is whether the measure will go to the ballot in 2014 or 2016," notes Nelson, "but Metro planning staff members prefer not to rush. Some are concerned that the measure could compete with a $3-billion street repair bond proposed by two Los Angeles City Council members, which could go to voters in 2014."