Elizabeth Salaam 11 a.m., Sept. 17
Council Votes to Put Tax Increase on Ballot
The city council today (Aug. 4) voted 6-2 to put the proposed sales tax hike on the ballot Nov. 2. Its implementation would be tied to the enactment of financial reforms, such as ending taxpayer funding of a portion of elected officials' pension contributions; going ahead with managed competition, in which the private sector can outbid the government for services; get a private company to operate the Miramar landfill, and finish a study on the efficacy of the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP), a double-dipping arrangement for employees close to retirement. (See below.) Republicans Carl DeMaio and Kevin Faulconer voted against the measure, which was essentially arranged by Councilmember Donna Frye. If approved, the tax would go to 8.75 cents on the dollar to 9.25 cents. The success or failure of the proposal will depend on whether San Diego's big money backs it and tosses advertising money into enacting it.