The Metro board of directors begins to discuss whether to put another sales tax measure before voters: This could be in 2014 or 2016. It could be either an extension of the existing Measure R half-cent sales tax adopted by voters in 2008 — which now expires in 2039 — or a new tax. Many people have been talking about the possibility of another tax ever since Measure J, which would have extended Measure R — received 66.1% of the vote, falling just shy of the required 66.7%. Writes Steve Hymon: "Persuading voters to extend an existing tax that they are already paying is presumably easier than selling them on paying a new tax. On the other hand, a new tax may also widen the field of projects that could receive funding, attracting support from more people . . . the staff report contains some recent polling results on that topic.
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