One year after Los Angeles voters rejected a sales tax increase, the City Council is looking at trying again this time by tying the money to the repair city’s deteriorating network of streets.
Two highlevel City Hall policy advisors recommended Tuesday that lawmakers place a halfcent tax hike on the November ballot that would generate billion for roads and potentially million annually and help the city recover from a financial cr sparked in part by the economic downturn.
At the time, Councilmen Mitchell Englander and Joe Buscaino also had been pushing for a bond measure linked to a property tax increase to cover street repairs.
They shelved their proposal to improve the sales prospects tax increase. Under state law, Wesson’s tax measure needed a simple majority because its proceeds would have gone to general government programs, not a specific purpose. It still failed to win passage. On Tuesday, a neighborhood leader who campaigned against the March 2013 salestax increase criticized the latest proposal.
Jack Humphreville, who writes about ‘s budget for the website CityWatch, said city elected officials have used money that should have gone to road repairs to fund excessive employee salaries and benefits.
They were grossly negligent over the last two decades in maintaining our infrastructure, Humphreville said. Gary Toebben, Los president Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, said his organization is concerned about the burden a new tax could place on businesses and consumers. Toebben said he also wanted to know whether the Metropolitan Transportation Authority would pursue a separate sales tax hike for transit services in If you ad taxes, eventually you reach a point where people say that’s just too much, he said.
Whenever, the streets measure would push the city’s sales tax rate to 5percent.
Lawmakers must decide by this summer if they want to pursue a ‘sales tax’ hike in November. When the contest for president would send turnout even higher, another option would be to hold off until 2016. Delaying is not an option, Englander said, with road repair costs growing. Miller and Santana, the council’s policy advisors, said a salestax hike is preferable to the bond measure proposed two years ago. Now let me tell you something. The ‘sales tax’ plan would produce 50 more revenue and spread the cost over a greater number of people, including motorists who use city roads but live elsewhere, they said.
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