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Sales Tax Revenues Fall in San Diego


Aired 4/20/09


San Diego’s Chief Financial Officer says the city will get about $3 million less in sales tax revenue. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.


CFO Mary Lewis originally projected the city would get $216 million in sales tax revenue for this fiscal year. But weak consumer spending and a slow holiday shopping season brought in fewer sales tax receipts than the city anticipated. Lewis says her office had projected sales tax revenues to be down about 5% for the year, but is now forecasting a 6.5% decrease. But she says San Diego isn’t taking as big a hit as some other cities.


“We’re more conservative and I think more pessimistic in our sales tax revenues projections than many other cities and other agencies. Some cities had double digit drops this year. We didn’t because I think we did adjust early on in the process,” she says.


Lewis says almost every sector that generates sales tax revenue has seen business decline in the past year.


Katie Orr, KPBS News


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