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— And that brings us to how San Diego will pay for upgraded infrastructure. More taxes and fees? Spending cuts in other areas of the budget? "I don't see how it's possible to deal with the pension and medical deficit and infrastructure backlog at the current revenue levels," says Gin. "There has to be a tax increase combined with cutbacks in expenditures."

Bainbridge says it will take a tax or fees increase. Says Mills: "There are two options: one is to raise taxes and the other is to go bankrupt, and if we go bankrupt we will still have to raise taxes." Frye says that a tax increase is one option on the table.

Says Erie, "It's flabbergasting that people in this town think that we can get out of this without raising taxes. In Los Angeles when San Diego is mentioned, there is always a chuckle in the room. Tax is a four-letter word in San Diego. We don't know how to do infrastructure and never have."

DeMaio demurs. "The cost of government is far in excess of what it should be," he says. "Until you can reform it, why put more money in? If you say you are going to raise taxes, you are saying we don't need to reform the system. It would be throwing good money after bad.

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