An ad supporting Proposition 6 plays on a screen on a pump at a gas station Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Santa Clarita, Calif. The ads are part of an advertising blitz by Proposition 6 supporters trying to drive home a message to voters to overcome what they see as a misleading title and summary on the ballot. The feud over messaging comes just weeks before an election where Californians will vote in a series of contentious races for Congress and state offices and ballot measures including the proposal to repeal an increase in gasolines taxes and vehicle fees slated to fund $5 billion in transportation projects a year. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Feud erupts over language of California gas tax measure

October 27, 2018 - 11:00 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A feud has erupted over political advertisements for a proposed California ballot measure to repeal a fuel tax increase.

Proposition 6 supporters have made calls and sent a mailer they dubbed a ballot "correction" saying they believe the official title of the measure is misleading.

The GOP-backed proponents want voters to think of the measure as a repeal of fuel taxes and vehicle fees that are slated to fund $5 billion in transportation projects a year.

The title on the ballot begins with "Eliminates certain road repair and transportation funding."

The initiative's opponents say the advertising is deceptive and that proponents could have mounted a legal challenge to the language but didn't. They want to keep the tax increase passed by the Democrat-led Legislature to fix the state's aging roads and bridges.