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Anti-Sales Tax Campaign Begins In San Diego

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Aired 8/25/10

The opponents of the proposed sales tax increase in San Diego are officially kicking off their campaign with a rally Wednesday. The opposition is stressing the lack of reforms the city has made so far.

— The opponents of the proposed sales tax increase in San Diego are officially kicking off their campaign with a rally Wednesday. The opposition is stressing the lack of reforms the city has made so far.

Opponents of the sales tax increase, known as Prop. D, said they’re going to lead a grassroots campaign against the measure.

Lani Lutar is president of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. Her group is among those leading the effort to defeat the tax. She said San Diego should focus on reform before turning to the public.

"It isn’t fair to taxpayers to say that we need more money when there hasn’t been a genuine attempt to streamline using all of the tools available to the city," she said. "Most notably, managed competition that was mandated by voters nearly four years ago."

Lutar said the reforms linked to the sales tax increase offer no guarantee of real fiscal change in San Diego, but supporters say combining the tax with reforms gives groups with different objectives an incentive to work together.

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