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The Mistakes That Made L.A. County Voters Pass Measure A

The Mistakes That Made L.A. County Voters Pass Measure A

Letters to the Editor: L.A. County voters made a big mistake passing Measure A. By the time you finish reading this column, you will have made up your mind. Measure A will be adopted.

By James N. White

Editor

L.A. County voters passed Measure A, Proposition A, in March. Measure A’s defeat was the result of a great many errors and errors made by L.A. County residents who are responsible for its passage. This editorial points out some of the most egregious and the simplest errors made by County residents in order to pass Measure A.

To begin, we’ll begin with a small error that made its way into Measure A, and has since been overlooked by the County’s voter outreach experts. The text of Measure A erroneously stated that the money raised by county sales and income taxes would help pay for the construction of a new hospital. The fact is that Measure A specifically stated that the money raised by sales and income taxes would not be used to pay for any new hospital building. It is not possible to pay for a new hospital building by raising sales and income taxes because a hospital cannot operate on a cash basis without the support of insurance companies.

Second, the measure was amended in March at the urging of the County’s resident tax assessor to add a special tax (Proposition 1) on the value of the taxable property in each of L.A. County’s districts. The intent behind Measure A was to create a uniform income tax, based on a uniform tax rate. This was to be effective upon its passage. Measure A did not state that the taxing power would be based on the value of the taxable property.

The tax on taxable property was inserted into Measure A after a meeting of county commissioners and the advisory board on March 16, when the taxpayers’ advisory board unanimously recommended that the advisory board recommend to the citizens of L.A. County that Measure A be amended to include a uniform tax rate based on a uniform tax base consisting only of the taxable property in each of the County’s districts.

It is also worth noting that the Taxpayer’s Advisory Board was made up

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