Letters: Money for Metro -- indefinitely
The Times expresses reservations with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s proposal to remove the sunset provision of the Measure R sales tax increase. We at Move LA believe that the public’s interest is best served if Metro asks voters to extend Measure R until voters themselves choose to end it.
This is exactly what Metro did when it asked voters to approve two previous half-cent sales tax measures, Proposition A in 1980 and Proposition C in 1990, neither of which have arbitrary sunset provisions. Metro has these measures as reliable revenue streams to support the current transit system.
Reliable, adequate revenue enables better long-term planning, especially when you must meet the needs of a growing population. Otherwise, Metro would simply lurch from crisis to crisis hoping for an extraordinary two-thirds voter approval for new taxes rather than being able to anticipate and meet the challenges of growth.
The writer is executive director of Move LA.
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