Hahn shelves gang-tax proposal

first_imgMinutes after the City Council voted Tuesday to put a telephone users’ tax on the February ballot, Councilwoman Janice Hahn pulled her proposal for a $40 a year parcel tax to fund gang-prevention programs. Despite championing the anti-gang tax for months, Hahn said the telephone tax – worth about $270 million a year – is more important to pass sooner than her proposed tax for intervention programs. She’s now aiming to put the anti-gang tax on the November 2008 ballot. “I still believe that now is the best time to put the gang-prevention measure on the ballot, but putting it on the ballot with the communications measure would hurt them both. It is in the best interest of the city to delay the gang measure,” Hahn said. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Hahn’s proposal would levy a $40-a-year tax on every parcel in the city to raise $30 million annually for gang-prevention, job-training and afters-chool programs. Hahn had City Council support for the measure, but Controller Laura Chick had opposed putting the proposal on the ballot before she completes an analysis of existing gang-prevention programs. “November was always, to me, a much more reasonable timeline,” said Chick, whose report is expected to look at ways to measure the success of the city’s gang-prevention and intervention programs. “We need to figure out what we need to do differently and then we need to put that in place. Then we can say to the public we know how to do this right now.” [email protected] last_img read more

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