Half-cent sales tax Jul 26, 2008 4:06:40 GMT -8
Post by wad on Jul 26, 2008 4:06:40 GMT -8
Personally, I wouldn't shed a tear if this sales tax measure fails.
Remember, at worst, we're still committed to what is in the short- and long-range plans. It's not like the taxes are going to be repealed.
This sales tax measure was hastily and sloppily implemented, and it is a 30-year, $40 billion pacifier that locks in future generations to a slapfight politicians had today.
There's a better way it can be done, and we've seen some of it within the last year.
Give the Sector Governance Councils the charter to determine the shape of how funding should be allocated in each of the councils.
Let Metro staff work with the public to determine how money raised from the sectors should be spent within the sectors. At least this way, the public has a say in what gets built.
Draw this process out over one year, even two. This way, people can see the progress of what projects or initiatives will go to the voters.
The way Metro allowed this tax measure to go forward is an embarrassment. Much of the county has to acquiesce to the San Gabriel Valley, and achieving a consensus with the area's political delegation was tantamount to negotiating with psychopathic cartoon supervillains.
What got lost in the whole process was why the Gold Line extension was downgraded: Its performance numbers were ugly. It's not even about the train anymore; it's about soothing a region's ego.
I'd say, let the measure fail. If it does, we'll live another day. Better yet, if we have good ideas, let us be the agents of positive change.