Why San Diego voters should not approve the proposed garbage tax
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Democrat Council President Elo-Rivera, Councilmember Joe LaCava, labor and community groups gathered to support reform of the People’s Ordinance.
Last month, the Democrat-led San Diego City Council voted 7-2 in favor of reforming the People’s Ordinance. San Diego City Council President Elo-Rivers says the current ordinance “impacts the city’s ability to provide world-class public services; impedes progress toward our Climate Action Plan goals, and provides an exclusive benefit to only a subset of City residents.”
The ordinance, as written, prohibits the City of San Diego from recovering costs from single-family residences for trash collection services it provides, but residents in apartments and condominiums must pay a private company for trash collection. There are certain exceptions, for example, single-family homes in gated neighborhoods have to pay for trash too.
Single-family homeowners say trash collection is part of the expensive property tax bills they pay each year, but Democrats on City Council say it’s a two-tier system. Democrats on City Council says the property taxes go into the “general fund,” not a designated tax or fee for trash services.
Chairman of Reform California, Carl DeMaio, is bringing attention to the 2022 ballot measure that will allow Democrats to charge us a new tax to pick up trash.
DeMaio explained why the Democrats think this is a good idea, and why San Diego voters need to shoot down this measure in November on KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego.