Half-cent sales tax Aug 6, 2008 8:20:02 GMT -8
Post by masonite on Aug 6, 2008 8:20:02 GMT -8
This isn't just my crazy idea, although I can understand why masonite might conclude it is. Similarly, certain SGV cities have taxed themselves to create street grade separations (at least if my memory serves me correctly) as betterments for the Gold Line. The Cities of Culver City and Los Angeles both put some money into assisting with grade separating the Expo Line Downtown and within Culver City boundaries (USC, though, weaseled out of every obligation after attempts to make everyone else pay for an expensive subway segment).
So there are mechanisms for cities to do the job themselves if the county can't come together. At this point, I'd welcome more city and private investments if the county can't pull itself together...and at this point it does appear dubious for this sales tax to reach the 67% threshold if we don't have more politicians continuously badmouthing it.
On the Gold Line and Expo, the cities are funding a grade separation here and there at the most. The vast majority of these lines are still being paid locally by the MTA. We are talking $10M here and $10M there that the cities are actually contributing on these lines. You are talking about them funding the entire lines along with say a federal match. That is more like $200M or $300M at the very minimum and probably more. That is a whole different ballgame to say the least. I wish you are right, but I just don't think there is any chance of this.