LOS ANGELES - The Honolulu City Council on Wednesday voted 5 to 4 against an excise tax increase that would have served as an important source of local funding for a proposed $1.7 billion rail transit system.

The proposed 1-year increase, from 4% to 5%, would have helped fund the local share of the 17-mile transit project.

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