L.A. Should Hike Sales Tax to Pay for Street Repairs, Report Says

L.A.’s elected officials should put a half-cent sales tax hike on the November ballot to pay for repairs of the worst streets and sidewalks, two top policy analysts said Tuesday.

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Los Angeles Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller, left, and City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana are recommending a tax hike to pay for road repairs. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana and Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller recommended a tax hike that would generate $4.5 billion over 15 years — $3.86 billion for roads and potentially $640 million for broken and buckled sidewalks.

The proposal is contained in a report that examined a variety of strategies for generating the money needed to address a major repair backlog. City elected officials originally considered a bond measure — which would be paid with increased property taxes. But the two policy advisors said that strategy wouldn’t generate enough money.

A sales tax hike, the report said, also would be paid by a greater number of people who use L.A.’s streets, including those who live outside city limits. “An important message communicated by participants of public outreach meetings has been that the [street repair program] not be solely financed by property owners,” the two men wrote.

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