SDCTA OPPOSES Measure A: Chula Vista Sales Tax (June 2018)

This general sales tax measure does not include sufficient taxpayer protections. The City is not legally required to spend tax revenues on its Phase I critical public safety needs and the tax will remain in place indefinitely. While revenues from Measure P in 2016 were bonded to help ensure spending on their intended purpose over the long-term, Measure A revenues do not have the same mechanisms for protection. The Citizens' Oversight Committee can be disbanded after the Phase I critical needs are met and replaced with another community group, thus diminishing the benefits of independent oversight. Should the City continue to find itself without the resources necessary to fund its public safety departments, SDCTA encourages Chula Vista to consider another method of funding that might have more taxpayer protections and a more balanced effect on the economy.

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Rosey Williams