Late Ballots Push San Diego Trash Tax Measure Over Finish Line

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The ballot measure that would take a step toward repealing “The People’s Ordinance” trash collection model in the city of San Diego appears to have passed Thursday by a margin of fewer than 3,000 votes.

The measure overcame an Election Night deficit of 2,000 votes with subsequent ballot counts breaking in favor of passage of the measure, which would allow the City Council to adopt a monthly tax for solid trash pickup for single-family homes and multi-family complexes with up to four residences on a single lot. The measure would not impose a specific tax on its own, but allow the Democrat City Council to do it.

Such a tax would require a study to determine the city’s costs to provide the services, as well as City Council approval.

The county Registrar of Voters estimated Wednesday that there were still 15,000 ballots to be counted, although it is unclear how many were from the city of San Diego.

Supporters say the measure would end a system that allowed a benefit for certain residents, while those living in apartments or condos have to pay for private haulers. According to the ballot argument in support of the measure, its passage would “fix this broken and unfair system so San Diego can start delivering better services for all of us, like bulky item pickup and free replacement of broken trash bins.”

Opponents say homeowners already pay for trash pickup through property taxes and thus would be charged twice for the same service if Measure B passes.

“San Diegans already have one of the highest cost-of-living burdens in the nation and we should not be adding to the existing burdens of working families with this costly garbage tax,” opponents said in their ballot argument.

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