Final push for Prop D

The most important thing on the ballot for San Diegans is the half cent sales tax increase.
The last appeal to voters before they head to the polls Tuesday comes from Mayor Jerry Sanders and Council Member Carl DeMaio.

KUSI's Steve Bosh has both sides of the debate.

They are both Republicans, averse to tax increases but on this tax the Mayor has broken ranks. The Mayor says the City's future hangs on this ballot measure, “this is one of the most critical I've seen in a long time, I mean, we've cut Police and Fire Services, park and recreations and library hours. There will be much more dramatic cuts coming ahead. This allows us to do the reforms that we need, it gives the City Council the impetus to do that.”

When he began looking at next year's budget, the Mayor realized the reforms already accomplished were woefully inadequate to solve our budget problems.

He had to go to the voters with Prop D, “this one has brought out a lot of interest and I think it's a tough one for a lot of people and the sides are not what you would normally find on these issues but if I didn't feel that this was the right thing to do and the only thing to do to maintain those services I certainly wouldn't be asking the people for a half cent.”

There are new reforms tied to the tax but if the tax is approved and the new reforms fail to produce the “estimated savings,” our budget problems remain. Councilman Carl DeMaio says, “giving City politicians a half a billion dollars more in increased revenue it takes all the pressure off pension reform, efficiency reforms, managed competition and other important changes we need to make in how the City does business.”

DeMaio says it's the “how the city does business” that troubles opponents of Prop D. “I think that people realize that this is a hail mary pass to the City Labor Unions and the City politicians that if they don't get this they're gonna have to make reforms.”

DeMaio says all you have to do is look at the campaign contributions. So we did.

The “Yes on D” campaign is largely funded by the Labor Unions. Their contribution totals more than 470-thousand dollars, 5-thousand of which are independent expenditures.

The “No on D” campaign has raised 322-thousand dollars from a variety of donors, including Political PAC's, small business owners and the food and beverage industry.

A lot is at stake here for the Mayor, his credibility is on the line. He has said this election is about trust, if the tax fails that trust is broken.

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