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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 San Diego would have to make the changes by November 2012 or the sales tax would be repealed.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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