SANDAG’s Half-Cent Sales Tax for Transportation Added to Ballot

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The mail ballot drop off booth at the San Diego Registrar of Voters. Photo by Chris Jennewein

A proposal by the San Diego Association of Governments to raise the sales tax by a half-cent to fund transportation projects will be the first local measure on a bloated November ballot, elections officials said Tuesday.

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The tax would fund $18 billion in transit, highway, bicycle, pedestrian and environmental projects, including a new trolley line in south San Diego County.

The SANDAG plan will be known as Measure A, and a proposal to build a residential development in the Lilac Hills section of Valley Center will be Measure B, county Registrar of Voters Michael Vu told City News Service.

The term “Measure” is being used instead of “Proposition” so that voters can differentiate between local and state ballot questions. The loaded general election ballot includes 17 state propositions, two county measures and a dozen in the city of San Diego.

The top city ballot question will be Measure C, the Chargers’ plan to finance construction of a stadium and convention center annex, according to San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland.

Measure D is a citizens initiative that would make numerous changes related to tourism, including prohibiting an expansion of the current convention center, and encourage educational and parkland use of the Qualcomm Stadium property, should the Chargers vacate the premises.

Both Measures C and D are on the ballot because they would raise hotel room taxes.

Some of the other high-profile ballot measures going before city of San Diego voters are:

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— Measure E, which would set rules for removing wayward elected officials;

— Measure G, which would provide some basic reforms for the Citizens Review Board on Police Practices;

— Measure I, which will decide whether San Diego High School will be allowed to remain operating on city-owned parkland after its lease expires in eight years;

— Measure J, which would amend a City Charter section on use of Mission Bay Park lease revenue;

— Measure K, which would require November runoff elections for city offices;

— Measure L, which would place citizens initiatives and referendums on general election ballots only, unless the City Council chose to place them before voters earlier; and

— Measure N, which would establish a levy on marijuana dispensaries if a state proposition allowing recreational use passes. Measure N would not tax marijuana sold for medical purposes.

Vu said between the county, various cities, districts and other jurisdictions in the region, 35 local measures will go before voters. With the state’s 17, the total is 52, and the state could add a few more, he said.

–City News Service

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