Opinion: Public was not fooled by SANDAG’s half-cent sales tax proposal
This was a poorly veiled plot to get around the law requiring a two-thirds vote to pass a tax-based initiative.
Re “Tax hike to connect San Diego airport to transit fails to qualify for ballot. Or does it?” (June 11). A proposed half-cent sales tax increase, masquerading as a “citizens’ initiative,” appears to have fallen short of getting the required signatures. And well it should.
The effort was, in fact, the work of local labor and environmental groups doing the bidding of the leaders of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).
This was a poorly veiled plot to get around the law requiring a two-thirds vote to pass a tax-based initiative. SANDAG knew all along that even a simple majority vote would be a reach and tried to improve the odds. It (and the SANDAG board) mistakenly thought that the public would be fooled.
Future transit and environmental advances will require support by the voters for a reasonable funding plan. This defeat represents a call for openness and negotiation with all stakeholders, rather than bullying by SANDAG and special interest groups.
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