The South Coast AQMD is Proposing a Quarter-cent Tax Aimed at Curbing Pollution

By Coalition of Energy Users

Staffers with Southern California’s air quality agency are proposing a ballot measure that would impose a quarter-cent tax to help cut diesel emissions throughout the region.

The proposal, which would begin with a survey of residents, isn’t without critics. They argue that staffers are trying to sidestep the governing board at the South Coast Air Quality Management District by asking residents, directly, if they would be willing to pay the potential tax.

“Taxes should be absolutely the last resort,” said Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson, an AQMD board member and congressional candidate in a district that reaches from north Orange County into Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. “There’s nothing emergency about this.”

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