Los Angeles officials will not seek to put a half-cent sales tax hike for street and sidewalk repairs on the November ballot, a spokesman for a city councilman who had been pursuing the proposal said Tuesday.
Branimir Kvartuc, who works for City Councilman Joe Buscaino, said L.A. leaders are still trying to find the best time to ask voters to approve an increase and will look at elections in 2015 or later.
"We've got one shot at passing this and we want to do everything in our power to make sure that it passes," Kvartuc said. "That's why we're looking at future ballots."
Kvartuc made his comments roughly two hours after Mayor
More than 35% of L.A.'s streets, or 8,200 lane miles, are considered to be failing or near failing, receiving grades of D and F, a recent analysis found. City officials said 40% of the city's sidewalks may be in need of repair.
L.A. still faces a potentially costly lawsuit from disability rights activists who say wheelchair users cannot travel successfully on L.A.'s broken and buckled sidewalks. Councilman Paul Koretz, one of the few to publicly support a November tax hike, said the city simply cannot afford to take on a huge repair backlog.