Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to put a measure on the November ballot that would extend a half-cent sales tax for transportation projects an additional 30 years.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority had already endorsed the ballot measure, but supervisors still needed to approve it before sending it to the Legislature for a final vote.
All five supervisors are also on the MTA board and several have criticized the extension of Measure R as unnecessary and premature, especially because it was originally approved by voters in 2008 and wasn't set to expire until 2039. Supporters of the ballot measure, including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, say the additional money is needed to fund a subway extension to the Westside, a downtown light-rail connection and other projects.
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich was the lone board member to vote against it and warned that fares would rise if voters approved the measure.