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Negotiations Continue Over SD Sales Tax Increase

— Negotiations are continuing at San Diego City Hall over how to get a half-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot. Special City Council meetings are scheduled for Friday and Monday.

The council will hold the meetings to consider a compromise measure spearheaded by Councilwoman Donna Frye.

Frye previously voted against putting a sales tax increase on the ballot because it wasn't linked with reforms. She has since come up with a list of financial reforms that would be included in the sales tax measure. San Diego would have to make the changes by November 2012 or the sales tax would be repealed.

Frye said she had several reasons for proposing the reforms.

"Probably the most important is to get the business and labor community and come to a more moderate solution rather than having the very far, more strident voices continue to drive this discussion," she said.

Frye said she's also in talks with the mayor's office about her proposal.

If approved, a half-cent sales tax would generate over $100 million a year for San Diego. The city is facing multi-million-dollar deficits in the coming years.

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citizenj | July 29, 2010 at 2:02 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

Donna Fry is an idiot!!!! She wants to sell it to the citizens that the public safety workers of San Diego should take pay cuts, pension cuts and benefit cuts, in order to get this half cents sales tax through. These folks will be paying the tax along with all other citizens! The mayor and city council NEED the fire/police to get this tax voted in! At leu of taking pay cuts.....keep your brownouts and citizens at risk. It's not the fault of public safety workers that the citizens of San Diego don't EVER want to pay for core services. They get what they pay for. Public safety is demonized in this city!!! WHY? look at all the cities around us, they ALL pay their employees better and have better benefits. Who would want to work for this screwed up town?

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Dandy | July 29, 2010 at 2:23 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

Why is public safety demonized? Look a the fat pension deals for the firefighters and police officers that have been coerced from the city with back room sweetheart deals under fear of service cuts in city services. It is obvious that we cannot afford to pay people 98% of their final pay as retirement. That is not a sustainable economic model, never has been and never will be. Illegal, immoral, and self-serving "public servants" who feel that they are "entitled" to bankrupt our city and that they are somehow "owed" this egregious amount of money is a nauseating proposition foisted on us by threats of brownouts and cuts in service. If this fine city were to do what a business would do to preserve itself and bust the union, fire the whole lot of them and rehire at half the cost the hundreds of highly qualified and employable people who would love to do the job for half the price we wouldn't have brown outs and citizens put at risk by the rape of our coffers by these bandits.

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citizenj | July 29, 2010 at 2:33 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

Get your facts straight!!!! Your making up lies to make your point sound better. It's 90% of their one highest year not including overtime. They CAN'T threaten brownouts!!! They can't even strike if they wanted, and they don't. You live in a fantasy world where you make up your own crazy ideas. San Diego public servants are paid lower and have worse benefits than any other public servants around this area. I'm sure if it was up to the likes of you the fire and police departments would just be volunteer. Why not? Pine Valley gets away with it. What's the difference between Pine Valley and San Diego City, really?

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