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Supervisors approve transportation tax extension for fall ballot

August 7, 2012 | 12:59 pm

The Expo line arrives at the Pico Station in downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles County supervisors voted on Tuesday to put a 30-year extension of a half-cent sales tax for transportation projects on the November ballot.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board has already endorsed the ballot measure, but county supervisors still needed to approve putting it before voters.

Several supervisors had criticized the ballot measure as an unnecessary and premature extension of Measure R, a 30-year tax plan than voters passed in 2008. But three of the officials voted to put it on the ballot nevertheless.

Michael D. Antonovich was the lone board member to vote against it and called the measure “false advertising” because it would not fund any projects that would be completed in the near future, he said.

Supervisor Gloria Molina was absent from the meeting.

Before the measure can officially find a spot on the ballot, it must also be approved by the Legislature.


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Photo: The Expo line arrives at the Pico Station in downtown Los Angeles.  Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times