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

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Aired 7/28/10

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Frye's proposal, the city must make nine changes to its financial policies by November 2012 or the sales tax would be repealed.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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DanielSchorrLives | July 28, 2010 at 7:10 a.m. ― 4 years ago

Please try to phrase things more neutrally- your on-air version said that Donna Frye killed the measure and then "reversed course". That gives an incorrect impression- she voted against the first bill because it was done poorly and then introduced a version that made sense. Painting it as some sort of flip-flop is deceptive.

The online version above says that she killed it and now is resurrecting it with conditions. That gives in incorrect impression-that there are some strings attached (read "special interests").

Both versions imply that she alone was responsible for the bill not going forward, when there were other persons voting against it as well (they are not named). She is the only person who has proposed a modified bill, which would suggest of those voting against it, she is the only one so far who has worked to create something worth passing. Quite a different picture than the spin on your article paints.

To give you an example how how a more neutral tone could be struck:

"San Diego council member Donna Frye, who with several others voted on Monday to defeat a proposed sales tax increase has now proposed a modified measure that links a five-year half-cent sales tax increase to a list of financial reforms."

See the difference?

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