About two weeks ago, I got a pamphlet in the mail. It was the information guide for Measure R. Measure R adds a half cent sales tax increase to LA County and will pay for lots of goodies, like street repair, light rail transit expansion, and bus line improvements. According to the LA County Metro, the average increase in expense per year to the average Joe Commuter or Jane Driver is $25. Measure R comes on the ballot in November.
Are you kidding me? Twenty-five bucks? I’m sold! I’d pay twenty-five bucks a year to reduce traffic, cut down on smog, improve the streets, and make an efficient public transportation system available to the masses.
Think about it this way. If you buy $5,000 a year in taxable stuff, you’ll currently pay $412.50 in sales tax (8.25%). If you pay the tax hike of half-a-cent for measure R, you’ll pay $437.50 in sales tax. Take a look at the proposed rail expansion projects (Click map below). It would be much easier to travel from parts of the San Fernando Valley to the rest of Los Angeles.