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San Diego City Council to discuss which measures may reach November ballot

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego City Council will begin the process of deciding whether or not to place certain proposals on the November ballot Monday.

Councilmembers will decide if the City Attorney should conduct legal analysis on measures and draft ballot language. Final decisions on whether to place the proposals on the general election ballot will come later.

17 state propositions will already be on the ballot in November. Anything decided upon by the city council will be added to the ballot as well.

Measures the city council will consider Monday include a firehouse bond measure, a marijuana sales tax measure and a two measures to change the way city council races and measures are decided.

The fire house bond measure, proposed by councilwoman Marti Emerald, would generate $205 million to construct around 20 stations. The average homeowner would pay $5 for every $100,000 in assessed value, Emerald said, calling it “a real value for greater public safety going forward.”

Concilman Mark Kersey suggested imposing an 8 percent tax on gross receipts on businesses that sell marijuana, if the state passes recreational use of marijuana in November. Kersey said medical marijuana would not be taxed under his plan.

“I do not want to divert money away from street repair or further stretch our public safety resources in order to manage an unorthodox legal framework that will be imposed on our city in November when it passes,” Kersey said.

Also to be discussed Monday is two measures that would change the way San Diego’s general elections work. One measure would require all ballot measures to go before voters in November. A second would require all races for city offices to have a runoff in November, even if the top vote-getter receives more than 50 percent.

Supporters believe the measure would allow ballot measures and city races to be decided by a larger number of voters. 

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