The city needs money for a public transportation system, right? Why not make the people who move here help pay for it?
According to statistical projections from the California Department of Finance, L.A. County will see close to 700,000 new residents between 2010 and 2020. Each new resident could be charged a one-time relocation or ‘new resident’ fee, that would be earmarked for a regional mass transit system. Let’s say the fee was set at $100. Over a 20-year span, that would generate $70-million. If the fee was $250? $175-million. If you move here and stay, you pay one time. If you move away and back again, you pay again.
The relocation fee is similar to fees you might pay to set up a bank account, or to apply for an apartment. You’re making a financial investment in Los Angeles as your new home. Those who don’t want to pay it, don’t have to live here.
This won’t build a whole subway system on its own. But, it’s a start. The beauty of the idea, is that it could easily pass if voted on in an election. If you already live here, you don’t pay anything. You’re simply saying that anyone that moves to L.A. from now on, must pay to stay.
Especially, New Yorkers.
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