Measure R extension designated as Measure J on November 6 ballot

The Los Angeles County Registrar on Friday officially approved the Measure J title to the Metro-sponsored ballot measure asking county voters to extend the Measure R half-cent sales tax for 30 years – from mid-2039 to mid-2069. Here’s the ballot language that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot:

Accelerating Traffic Relief, Job Creation.
To advance Los Angeles County’s traffic relief, economic growth/ job creation, by accelerating construction of light rail/ subway/ airport connections within five years not twenty; funding countywide freeway traffic flow/ safety /bridge improvements, pothole repair; keeping senior/ student/ disabled fares low; Shall Los Angeles County’s voter-approved one-half cent traffic relief sales tax continue, without tax rate increase, for another 30 years or until voters decide to end it, with audits/ keeping funds local?

34 thoughts on “Measure R extension designated as Measure J on November 6 ballot

  1. Realist Angelino,

    My mentioning that the average cost would be 7 cents a day was extrapolated by you to eventually morph into a 17 cents sales tax in the future, or more. Wow! Or that it will cost a person $1,800 over a seventy year period of time. Amazing! I don’t know how anyone could afford to pay 7 cents a day over that much time. Why it would be such a burden!

    Then, it could go from an average of 7 cents a day to 14.28 times that, according to you, or $7 a day. That would be another 7 cents in sales tax, instead of a half cent that Measure R and J are. Quite a leap.

    The 1 1/2 cents sales taxes from Proposition A, C and Measure R have provided funds to build the Blue, Red, Green, Orange, Gold and Expo lines. The combined ridership of these lines is about 10 million passengers a month. Without these lines, the transit riders would be in mainly be riding buses on the streets or freeways and the car use would probably be much larger than it is now.

    Twenty-five percent of Proposition A, twenty percent of Proposition C and fifteen percent of Measure R sales tax goes to each city for transportation. Without these funds, the condition of the street surfaces in Los Angeles would be worse than they are now.

    Proposition A and C are used to fund bus service and to purchase new buses. Without them, Metro would not be able to provide the level of service that they do now.

    These taxes also provide free towing service on freeways to keep them running smoothly.

    Do you believe that the transportation in Los Angeles would have been better off without this 1 1/2 sales tax? Or that just as many people would have wanted to do business or live in Los Angeles with the increasingly clogged traffic on the roads and worse transit service than there is now?

    Based on the last four quarters of Measure R sales tax returns in the County and projecting that over the next 60 years, the 15% local return to the city of Los Angeles would be $2.36 billion without factoring in growth. That would not be sufficient to repair the streets over a ten year period of time if the city borrowed against it. The amount of borrowed would lower the cost of maintaining the streets significantly. This would also reduce the amount of money that most people in the county would have to spend annually for their combination of sales tax, vehicle maintenance costs and fuel expenditures.

    Would borrowing from future Measure R sales taxes lead to a future of not being able to keep the roads in good condition? The significantly lower annual cost of maintaining streets that are in good condition should be much easier for the city to handle financially using funds provided by Proposition A and C, along with other sources.

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  3. Steve, could you report on the politics that turned a transit tax into this hodge-podge of transit plus freeways plus operations tax? Or would this be too sensitive for you to talk about?

    I’d happily vote for a transit tax. But Measure R/J? No way.

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