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Public Safety And San Diego’s Prop. D

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Aired 10/1/10

Could a sales tax increase in the city of San Diego help restore budget cuts to public safety? Two councilmen had different answers to that question in a debate Thursday night over Proposition D.

— Could a sales tax increase in the city of San Diego help restore budget cuts to public safety? Two councilmen had different answers to that question in a debate Thursday night over Proposition D.

Proposition D would allow the city to increase the sales tax by half a cent for five years. But before the city could collect, it would have to complete a series of fiscal reforms. Proponents of the tax say the revenue generated could help restore cuts to public safety. The online news site voiceofsandiego.org sponsored a debate on the measure between Councilmen Todd Gloria and Kevin Faulconer.

Poll

Are you in favor of Prop. D, the proposed half-cent sales tax increase?

  • Yes

    43%
  • No

    56%

221 total votes. (This poll is now closed.)

Gloria said the fact that a tax increase is even on the November ballot shows how dire San Diego’s financial situation is.

"You didn’t see it last year when we had to make cuts. You didn’t see it the year before or the year before or the year before. But we’re at the point now where we’re cutting public safety," he said.

Gloria said the mayor and the council have made it clear public safety is their top priority and it's what they'd restore if Proposition D passes.

San Diego is facing a $72 million budget deficit next year if the tax increase is not approved. But councilman Faulconer said there’s no guarantee in the ballot language that the money will go toward public safety.

"If you wanted to say 'x amount of dollars will be spent on police, x amount of dollars will be spent on lifeguards, x amount of dollars will be spent on our firefighters,' that would have been written into the ballot measure," he said.

If the measure said the tax revenue would go toward public safety, it would have needed to be approved by a two-thirds majority. As it’s written, the measure does not say how the money will be spent and it only needs a simple majority vote to pass.

Comments

Avatar for user 'oldschoolcool'

oldschoolcool | October 1, 2010 at 8:27 a.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

This entire "prop D" is about shoring up the pensions for the overcompensated Union wonks.

No matter what farce they try to sell us... we ALL know the truth.
This Prop D is a scam.
Simple and obvious.

Got History?

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Avatar for user 'hrussell'

hrussell | October 1, 2010 at 1:01 p.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

Work with what they have and balance the budget. We are tired of the SD follie financial fiasco that they have created. If they an incapable of performing their civic (and highly compensated) public duties. Ther are many in line that can. November 2..send the message with a Vote.

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Avatar for user 'LeckerUndLustig'

LeckerUndLustig | October 5, 2010 at 12:41 a.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

I hope more people start reading a looking into how politics work before voting. The campaign advertisements are horrible and our financial issues are critical.

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Avatar for user 'LeckerUndLustig'

LeckerUndLustig | October 5, 2010 at 1:18 a.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

I just noticed something on this page about prop D. There is a question/online poll asking wether we support prop D or not? Well, do we have all the information? Does the money go to firefighters and police or border security or some security guard at a park in Coronado? Maybe the money will be sent to a guy named Public Saftey. What is on the ballot? Is that not what this story is about? A lack of information is what this story is about. Then there is an online question box. That is just absurd.
You--hooo! News people you wrote about how vague the ballot is then you want an online poll done by the reader. Do I understand this clearly? Maybe I missed something.

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