We respect and honor the jobs of Police and Firefighters. As written, Measure A does not guarantee revenues for Public Safety staffing. Furthermore, deep structural and leadership issues continue to be ignored by the Mayor, City Council and city staff. We know you, our fellow Chula Vistans, understand tax increases are not the solution.
A committee of citizens (COC) made of political appointees (meaning: friends and contributors) to oversee the money is NOT a guarantee. As per State law and the Ordinance, " the City Council shall retain discretion to expend the proceeds of the tax for any lawful purpose of the City."
Regressive sales taxes impact low income Chula Vistans the hardest. Poverty rate hovers around 14% which is approximately 35,000 Chula Vistans and another 19,000 on SSI fixed incomes. They will end up paying the majority of the tax.
Measure A is written for revenue to be placed in the general fund as stated: Paragraph 3.33.150 of the proposed Ordinance it states that the “proceeds from the tax … shall be for unrestricted general revenue purposes.” Nothing in this Ordinance shall constitute the tax imposed under this Ordinance as a special tax, or bind the City to use the proceeds for any specific purpose or function; the City Council shall retain discretion to expend the proceeds of the tax for any lawful purpose of the City.
Over $73 million was spent on public safety OVERTIME from 2007-present, without a cent towards adequate staffing. Lifetime retirements can exceed 100% of salary and benefits . City staff has said that "pension costs will triple" (UT, March 31st).
HomeFed of Carlsbad: $20,000
Baldwin Co. of Irvine $10,000
Merridian Communities $5,000
Chestnut Properties $1,000
Cash rich companies expect paybacks from the City for their contributions
Carl De Maio 2018 Election Guide
No on Measure A – Chula Vista Sales Tax Increase
The politicians and big government union bosses in Chula Vista have mismanaged city finances and now they want YOU to bail them out with a massive tax hike. This deceptive sales tax hike misleads the voters into thinking the funds are earmarked for public safety and roads when the cold hard reality is the tax hike is a blank check and politicians can waste the money any way they want. Vote NO and demand that Chula Vista politicians reform their wasteful spending instead of increasing the cost-of-living on Chula Vista families.
Just Say No committee members spoke with many of the Channel 7 Morning Team
Special thanks to Marianne Kushi, Jodi Kodesh, Nicole Gomez and Greg Bledsoe.
Well, here they go again. Your Mayor and City Council want you to pay even higher taxes! Once again, they (the City) are unwilling and unable to effectively manage taxpayers money.