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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sales Tax Increase Measure A Goes Down to Defeat in Los Angeles


March 7, 2013

It doesn't appear that the residents of Los Angeles County are in the mood to raise their taxes right now. Even in the usually tax affirmative City of Los Angeles people just aren't voting for these things. A situation that has certain government circles in something of a tizzy. How can they grow their political empires without being able to continuously raise the additional tax money needed to do so?

This from the KPCC website (click here):

Measure A, the proposed half-cent increase to the city of Los Angeles sales tax, failed 55 percent to 45 percent. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck argued the tax hike was necessary to avoid serious budget cuts to the police and fire departments.

During the campaign, city officials said the tax hike would address persistent budget deficits. Los Angeles faces a $200 million shortfall for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The new tax would have raised about that amount annually.

Like many cities, Los Angeles is struggling to recover from a dramatic drop in revenue since the Great Recession while coping with rising pension and healthcare costs for its employees. Since 2009, L.A. has eliminated more than 5,000 jobs, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said.  

“Across the board, there’s been significant reductions throughout the city,” he told KNBC during the campaign. “Every year is going to be harder and harder to balance the budget without having to reduce police and fire."

Former Los Angeles Daily News Editor Ron Kaye, who blogs about local politics, said City Hall remains fraught with waste. He campaigned against the tax increase, arguing elected officials have refused to make difficult decisions.

“The city council and the mayor have shown no backbone, no political will, no willingness to come to terms with the fact that their payroll benefits and pension costs are out of line with what the city can afford,” Kaye said.

As we saw last April when the voters of Sierra Madre overwhelmingly defeated a ballot measure that would have further extended our UUT taxes at their present California leading rate, the electorate just doesn't want to hear about tax increases. Something that does not bode well for Mayor Josh Moran's anticipated UUT do-over vote in April of 2014.