Los Angeles County Sales Tax, Measure R (2008)

Los Angeles County Sales Tax, Measure R (2008)

Measure R was a ballot measure in the November 2008 elections in Los Angeles County, California that proposed raising county sales taxes by one half cent for thirty years in order to pay for transportation projects and improvements. The measure was approved by voters with 67.22% of the vote, just more than the 2/3 required by the state of California to raise local taxes. [1]

The ballot measure created an ordinance titled "Traffic Relief and Rail Expansion Ordinance" [2]. The ordinance includes an expenditure plan [3] which defines the specific projects to be funded, timeframes for availability of funds, and expected levels of funding. The ordinance became effective on 2 January 2009.


Funding allocation

The tax is expected to raise $40 billion over thirty years. After subtracting 1.5% for administrative costs the remaining money must be spent as follows:

  • 35% for transit capital projects (i.e. new rail and bus rapid transit lines).
  • 3% for transit capital on the Metrolink commuter rail system.
  • 2% for transit capital on things like rail cars and rail yards.
  • 20% for highway capital projects.
  • 5% for operations on new rail lines.
  • 20% for bus operation improvements.
  • 15% for local return (i.e. transportation money that individual cities decide how to spend).

See also


External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority — Infobox Public transit name = Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority imagesize = 168px locale = Los Angeles County transit type = Rapid transit (Subway) Light rail Local Bus Bus rapid transit began operation = July 1, 1976… …   Wikipedia

  • Metro Rail (Los Angeles County) — Los Angeles County Metro Rail Info Locale Los Angeles County, California Transit type Rapid transit (heavy rail a …   Wikipedia

  • Orange Line (Los Angeles Metro) — Metro Orange Line      Los Angeles Metro rapid transit line …   Wikipedia

  • Crenshaw Corridor (Los Angeles Metro) —  Crenshaw Corridor      The C …   Wikipedia

  • Expo Line (Los Angeles Metro) — This article is about the light rail line under construction in Los Angeles. For other uses, see Expo Line. Metro Expo Line      …   Wikipedia

  • Dates of 2008 — ▪ 2009 January As we meet tonight, our economy is undergoing a period of uncertainty.… At kitchen tables across our country, there is a concern about our economic future. U.S. Pres. George W. Bush, in his final state of the union address, January …   Universalium

  • Orange County Transportation Authority — OCTA redirects here. For other uses, see Octa (disambiguation). Orange County Transportation Authority Founded 1991 …   Wikipedia

  • Sonoma County, California — For the wine region, see Sonoma County wine. County of Sonoma   County   Lake Sonoma …   Wikipedia

  • California Proposition 7 (2008) — TOC California Proposition 7, would, if approved, require California utilities to procure half of their power from renewable resources by 2025. In order to make that goal, levels of production of solar, wind and other renewable energy resources… …   Wikipedia

  • California Proposition 5 (2008) — TOC California Proposition 5, or the Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act (or NORA) is an initiated state statute that has been certified to appear as a ballot measure on the November 2008 ballot in California. Provisions of the… …   Wikipedia