Tax Measure J Fails to Pass

Measure J falls just short of a two-thirds majority.

Written by MICHAEL COLLINS / Published December 7, 2012

Measure J, a plan to improve transportation in Los Angeles by extending an existing half-cent sales tax, has failed after a final tally of 66.11 percent of votes in favor of the measure.

By law, tax measures in California require a two-thirds majority, meaning the measure failed by .56 percent.

The speeding up of transit projects in the county and its neighboring cities will not occur, inciting anger amongst Measure J supporters who are now advocating to reevaluate the current two-thirds law.

On Monday, December 5th, during the first legislative session, Carol Liu, State Senator of the 21st District, including Pasadena, Glendale and Burbank, introduced a constitutional amendment that would lower the voter threshold to 55 percent for propositions regarding funding local projects.

The slim margin of loss has caused concern for Metro officials as well, cutting proposed construction back, giving reason for concern for state officials like Liu.

After all of the votes have been counted, the outcome at the polls were just short.

The narrow defeat will halt plans and increase time of construction for transportation and slow improvement of regional transit service operations, affecting residents of the Los Angeles County.

Because the proposal for Metro to extend the tax by 30 years, until 2069, did not pass, the half-cent tax will end in 2039. The Measure R transit sales tax will end that year as well.

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