Miami-Dade County commissioners meeting Tuesday refused to advance a proposal that could have led to the repeal of a half-cent transit tax that has leveraged $461 million of debt. But efforts to repeal the tax may not be over yet.

Voters enacted the tax in 2002 to fund new transportation projects in the severely congested metropolitan area of South Florida. But county commissioner Carlos Gimenez and others believe much of the tax has been used on existing operations instead of new projects, and some have alleged that the tax has been mismanaged.

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