With support from civic and business groups, the Milwaukee County Board later this month may vote on a measure to ask voters in an advisory referendum whether they support a half-cent local sales tax to finance transit projects.

The board’s Transportation Committee endorsed the measure. A half-cent sales tax would raise about $65 million annually. Supporters believe the tax hike is the best way to finance transit improvements while lowering fares and easing the burden on property taxes. The county uses about $22 million in property tax funds annually for transit.

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