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Will 2014 Bring a New Transit Tax Push in L.A.?

Los Angeles area officials are discussing options for placing a new transportation funding measure before voters. A similar effort in 2012 failed to pass the necessary 67 percent threshold by less than 16,000 votes (out of nearly 2 million cast).
January 1, 2014, 9am PST | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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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."

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Published on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 in Los Angeles Times
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