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L.A. to vote on MTA sales tax hike

August 13, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
L.A. County voters may ultimately have their say on a proposed half-cent sales tax to fund transportation projects.The Board of Supervisors reversed an earlier decision on Tuesday, allowing the measure to be placed on the November ballot.

The proposal now goes to the State Legislature, which votes Thursday on whether to exempt the proposal from the tax cap.

The measure would increase the county's sales tax to 8.75 percent, raising about $40 billion for expanded bus and rail lines and highway improvements.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe revived the issue of whether to place the measure on the November general election consolidated ballot, and changed his "no" vote to "yes," giving the measure three votes on the five- member board.

City News Service contributed to this story.


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