Nava Clarifies Tax Plan

<i> Julian Nava, a candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, says that the headline on his article on this page Wednesday may have led to a mistaken impression about his proposal for a new city tax. He offers this amplification: </i>

I propose a tax on income earned in Los Angeles. This would not be a general income tax, as we know it for state and federal purposes, but rather a simple graduated percentage tax on gross salaries or wages earned in Los Angeles alone.

The object is to correct the condition whereby hundreds of thousands working in Los Angeles, but living in outlying municipalities, impose on city residents a growing tax burden for the vast infrastructure and services that make their jobs possible.

Although Los Angeles residents would also pay the tax, the overall tax burden for residents would be reduced substantially right away and over time.