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Feedback Sought for Proposed $3 Billion Road Repair Measure

A local councilman is pushing for a ballot initiative that could go before voters if approved by the council.

Which streets in Northridge and Chatsworth need sprucing up? The city of Los Angeles wants to fix more than 8,700 miles of roadway after decades of wear and tear, but the repairs could come at a cost of $3 billion in assessments if approved by voters.

L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander wants to gather feedback from local residents Tuesday at 6 p.m. about the potential ballot measure during an informational meeting of the Los Angeles Public Works Committee at Van Nuys City Hall.

"It is vital that we take action to update our City’s infrastructure and actively seek funding options to improve our streets,” Englander said.  “I am excited to hear the input of the community residents and stakeholders on solving this problem and moving toward a better transportation future.”

He proposed the potential ballot measure with fellow L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino.

The council would have the approve the measure for it to be placed on a ballot for voters in a future election.

NBC4 reports that if passed, homeowners would average an annual payment of $121 over 29 years to fund the repairs.

Van Nuys City Hall is located at 14410 Sylvan Street, Van Nuys, CA 91401.

Jock April 16, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Just a thought. This should be a sales tax revenue. More, faster and takes the burden off of home owners. Of course that can possibly pass on to rents. In this new order where most people rent and few own (But everyone uses the streets) that may be more equitable. There is no way around it the streets and infrastructure is going to pot holes. Speaking of Pot holes, perhaps we could spend less money busting pot heads and tax the stuff !!
Diana Dixon-Davis April 17, 2013 at 06:56 PM
This article is very incomplete---Is it a parcel tax??, a property tax?, a bond measure?, a head tax??a sales tax---this is basic information that should have been in the article. AND who votes? and what percentage needed to pass the proposal!!
Barry Seybert April 17, 2013 at 08:33 PM
This type of TAX should come from those who use the streets so it is spread evenly. The Homeowners are the scapegoats for an easy passage since their are so many renters in LA. Renters may see a $5.00 increase in their rent while homeowners are looking at a whopping $34.00 per $100,000.00 of value. NBC putting the average homeowner bill at $121.00 a year is looking at a home just over $300,000.00. Most West Valley homes exceed that. This burden should be shared by all vehicles that use the road. Then it is a fair and good thing to do. Trucks and buses do the most damage and their needs to be a way that even the government agencies that run any of the trucks and buses pay their fair share as well as the residents with vehicle registration.

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