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SD Council Member Wants To Link Proposed Sales Tax Increase To Financial Reform

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The San Diego council member who killed a proposed sales tax increase Monday is now resurrecting the idea, but the council member's support comes with conditions.

— The San Diego council member who killed a proposed sales tax increase Monday is now resurrecting the idea, but the council member's support comes with conditions.

Councilwoman Donna Frye is proposing a new measure that links a five-year half-cent sales tax increase to a list of financial reforms.

The sales tax increase is being touted by supporters as a way to address San Diego's multi-million dollar deficits. Next year the city has a projected budget gap of $72 million.

Under Frye's proposal, the city must make nine changes to its financial policies by November 2012 or the sales tax would be repealed. Contracting out some city services and modifying pension plans are among the reforms.

Frye previously voted against putting a sales tax increase by itself on the November ballot, essentially killing the measure.

If eventually approved by voters, the sales tax could generate more than $100 million a year for San Diego. The council must act by August 6 to get the measure on the November ballot.

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