LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to put a proposed 30-year sales tax extension for transportation projects on the November ballot.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s ballot proposal, introduced as Measure R in 2008, asks that the half-cent traffic relief sales tax continue until 2069 instead of 2039.READ MORE: 'It's Heartbreaking': ArcLight Cinemas, Pacific Theatres Closing Permanently Due To Pandemic Losses
Supervisor Michael Antonovich was the lone opposing vote. He said he wanted to use the county’s administrative authority to challenge the measure.
According to the proposal, the sales tax revenue will “advance Los Angeles County’s traffic relief and job creation by accelerating construction of light rail, subway, and airport connections within five years, not 20.”
The revenue will also fund “countywide freeway traffic flow, safety, and bridge improvements and will keep senior/student/disabled fares low.”READ MORE: 'We Are Seeing Our Economy Come Back To Life': Study Shows That Consumer Confidence In OC Is On The Rise As Residents Brace For Light At The End Of The Tunnel
“To tell people that this will all be done in five years (is) utter nonsense,” said Antonovich.
However, supporters of the measure say projects will move ahead faster and cost less.
“It helps complete our transportation projects more quickly,” said Cosette Stark, Metro’s director of transportation programming and development.
On Monday, MTA officials threatened to sue the Board of Supervisors if they failed to act on the measure at Tuesday’s meeting.MORE NEWS: 2 Men Hospitalized After Large Explosion At Valley Glen Home, Investigation Ongoing
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