Mar 6, 2013 9:22 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

LA voters reject proposed half-cent sales tax hike

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles voters have rejected a proposed sales tax hike to help close a looming budget deficit.

The city clerk's office says more than 55 percent of voters opposed Proposition A on Tuesday's ballot.

The measure would have added a half-cent to the city sales tax, bringing it to 9 ½ percent. It would have raised an estimated $200 million a year to help fill a projected $216 million deficit.

The measure was backed by Police Chief Charlie Beck and outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa but opposed by leading mayoral candidates.

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