Measure R: A Roadmap to Relief?

In July 2008, the Metro Board of Directors proposed a half-cent sales tax. By voting yes, voters will agree to fund transportation projects within the Los Angeles County.

According to the private nonprofit Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), Measure R would only cost residents an average of $25 per person each year. Ultimately, the most important factor is that over 200,000 more job opportunities will be created.

What is Measure R? Measure R is a half-cent sales tax increase expected to provide local resources to finance new transportation projects.

This measure would impose a sales tax increase of half a cent in the Los Angeles County, raising the sales tax rate to 8.75%.

For the next 30 years, Measure R is predicted to produce $40 billion that will help synchronize traffic signals, repair potholes, extend light real with airport connections, improve freeway traffic flows, keep senior, student, and the disabled fares low, provide clean-fuel buses, and expand Metro link service. Overall, 65% of the money would go to transit, 20% to highways, and 15% to cities fixing potholes and synchronizing traffic signals. Should the Los Angeles County’s sales tax increase a one-half cent for the next 30 years?

If it succeeds, there will be more major street resurfacing, rehabilitation and reconstruction, pothole repair, left turn signals, bikeways, pedestrian improvements, streetscapes, signal synchronization, and transit service improvements. However, if it fails, it may be many years before a similar measure is put forward.

 

This article was written by Vincent Wei. It was published today in the October 29, 2008 edition of the Temple City Voice.

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