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Chula Vista Bites the Bullet

The City of Chula Vista is facing the hard reality of an overwhelming “no” vote to a proposed sales tax increase. KPBS reporter Alison St John spoke to Mayor Cheryl Cox after 67 percent of Chula Vistans rejected the tax hike.

This week’s vote was different from the result polls predicted back in January. At that time, more than 60 percent of Chula Vistans supported a city sales tax increase. But since then, the State has imposed its own sales tax hike.

Cox says, without the one cent tax increase, Chula Vista must go ahead with more layoffs.

"There are 60 layoffs pending,"she says,"The city manager sent out a message to employees today. We‘ve already cut the employees by about 17 percent. By the time we’re finished, the city manager estimates we’ll be back at 1990 levels."

Cox says pension costs are looming over the city. She says she hopes reforms can be made collaboratively.

Chula Vista is the second largest city in San Diego County. It has grown exponentially in the last few years, but the rapid slowdown in development has hit the city hard.

Alison St John, KPBS News.

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