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Chula Vista Voters Approve Half-Cent Sales Tax Increase

The city of Chula Vista's logo at City Hall in this undated photo.
Alison St John / KPBS
The city of Chula Vista's logo at City Hall in this undated photo.

Initial plans to implement voter-approved Measure P will go before the Chula Vista City Council next week, city officials announced Monday.

Chula Vista Voters Approve Half-Cent Sales Tax Increase
Initial plans to implement Measure P will go before the Chula Vista City Council

The measure, approved by more than 67 percent of voters in the Nov. 8 general election, will increase the municipal sales tax by a half-cent over the next 10 years to raise funds for a variety of infrastructure projects. The tax hike, to begin April 1, is expected to bring in around $165 million over a decade.

According to the city, a plan to implement financing and other provisions called for in the proposition will be presented to the council for approval at its Dec. 6 meeting.

The City Council in the coming weeks is also set to take action to establish a citizen’s oversight committee and authorize the implementation process for funding infrastructure needs. Funding is expected to be doled out according to the probability of failure of a particular asset and the consequences of such failure to the city and residents.

NBC San Diego recently reported that $48 million could go to the Chula Vista Fire Department, which has three buildings contaminated with asbestos, along with stations infested by termites, and plagued with roof leaks and rotting wood.

Voters also approved a one-cent sales tax increase in Del Mar. A countywide half-cent hike that would have funded roadway and transit projects failed.

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