Mayor Mary Salas and the Chula Vista City Council at the July 12 meeting. Image from video

The Chula Vista City Council is asking voters to approve a half-cent sales tax to raise an estimated $160 million for repairs to roads, parks, 911 systems and other city facilities.

The measure was approved Tuesday for the November general election ballot by a 4-1 vote, with Councilman John McCann opposing. If approved by voters, the tax would be in effect for 10 years.

“Although I have deep reservations about sales taxes, I felt that the residents of Chula Vista should have the right to decide the question for themselves,” said Councilwoman Pat Aguilar in a statement after the vote.

“Are you willing to pay one-half cent more for every dollar you spend in order to have more up-to-date 911 services, repaved roads, repaired sidewalks, better maintained parks and libraries?” she asked voters. “Or do you think the city is doing a good enough job in public maintenance as it is?”

McCann cautioned that the tax could be used for any purpose, not just infrastructure repairs. “We all agree that we need additional infrastructure,” he said. “But this is not an infrastructure tax. It is a general sales tax.”

The measure was supported by the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce, which argued that the city’s the aging infrastructure is hurting business.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.