Voters appeared to reject a measure to eliminate the recently imposed 12-cent-per-gallon gas taxes Tuesday, 54 percent to 45 percent.
Proposition 6 would have repealed a recent gas tax and require that all future fuel and vehicle tax increases gain voter approval beforehand.
The gas tax, which also included a four-cent-per-gallon increase on diesel fuel and new fees for vehicle licenses and registrations, generates an estimated $5 billion in annual state revenue to fund more than 6,500 bridge and road safety projects throughout the state.
Supporters of Proposition 6 said the tax costs families an average of $779.28 per year.
Those against the proposition argued that the state’s transportation infrastructure is crumbling and is in need of investment.
Supporters of the proposition included the California Republican Party, while opponents included the California Democratic Party, California Professional Firefighters, California Association of Highway Patrolmen and the American Society of Civil Engineers.