November 3, 2010
CONTACT: Lani Lutar
619-234-6423 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR
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San Diego County Taxpayers Association Endorsements Play Role in Election Outcome
Voters agree with SDCTA on 13 of 15 state and local ballot measures
(San Diego) - Leading up to Tuesday's General Election, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association provided voters with comprehensive analyses and recommendations for 15 ballot measures. Voters agreed with SDCTA on five of six statewide measures and eight of nine local measures, resulting in an impressive .867 batting average! SDCTA remained neutral on one statewide and one local measure.
SDCTA President & CEO Lani Lutar signed ballot arguments or rebuttals on six local measures, providing key information to help voters make their decision on how to cast their vote. An SDCTA endorsement for or against a ballot measure is considered to be one of the most influential by San Diego County voters among local organizations.
This fall’s election highlighted the importance of having a strong advocate for accountable, cost-effective, efficient government. Key among the measures defeated were Proposition D, which would have imposed a half-cent sales tax in the City of San Diego, and Proposition J, which would have placed a new parcel tax on properties within the San Diego Unified School District.
“The voters have spoken and their rejection of both Prop D and Prop J are a clear mandate for substantive reform within the City of San Diego and San Diego Unified School District,” said Lutar. “We must all work together now to pursue aggressive reform so that we can preserve core services.
“Even though this election is over, the Taxpayers Association will continue to vigilantly monitor government expenditures and hold our elected officials accountable,” declared Lutar.
SDCTA’s recommendations and the election results:
Prop 20 Redistricting of Congressional Districts (YES) Passes 61.2% to 38.8%
Prop 21 State Park Funding. Vehicle License Surcharge. (NO) Fails 42.0% to 58.0%
Prop 22 Prohibit State From Taking Some Local Funds (YES) Passes 60.9% to 39.1%
Prop 24 Repeal Allowance of Lower Business Tax Liability (NO) Fails 41.6% to 58.4%
Prop 25 Simple Majority Vote to Pass Budget (NO) Passes 54.9% to 45.1%
Prop 26 2/3 Vote for Some State/Local Fees ( NEUTRAL) Passes 52.7% to 47.3%
Prop 27 Eliminate State Redistricting Commission (NO) Fails 40.6% to 59.4%
Prop A Fair and Open Competition for County Construction Contracts (YES) Passes 75.67% to 24.33%
Prop D City of San Diego Half-Cent Sales Tax Increase (NO) Fails 37.95% to 62.05%
Prop G City of Carlsbad Voter Approval of Benefit Increases (YES) Passes 64.28% to 35.72%
Prop H City of Chula Vista Telecommunications Tax Modernization (NO) Fails 43.38% to 56.62%
Prop J San Diego Unified Parcel Tax (NO) Fails 49.85% to 50.15%
Prop K San Marcos Unified School District Bond Measure (YES) Passes 62.55% to 37.45%
Prop L Julian Union High School District Bond Measure (NEUTRAL) Passes 59.72% to 40.28%
Prop M Dehesa School District Bond Measure (YES) Passes 56.16% to 43.84%
Prop O South Bay Union School District Parcel Tax (NO) Fails 58.61% to 41.39%
Prop P Encinitas Union School District Bond Measure (NO) Passes 61.06% to 38.94%
Thank you to all SDCTA members who volunteered their time to participate in the Association’s ballot measure review process. The region’s taxpayers can proudly claim victory today. Hopefully, our local government leaders will now pause and reconsider going to voters to seek tax increases if they have not effectively implemented substantive reform.
Despite the end of the election cycle, there is no time to waste at SDCTA! The Association has a busy schedule of events coming up, and nominations are already being accepted for the annual Golden Fleece and Golden Watchdog Awards, scheduled for May 19, 2011. The Association will also continue to analyze policy matters of critical importance to taxpayers on the local, county and state level. All SDCTA members are encouraged to participate in the Association’s policy review committees.
The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, dedicated to promoting accountable, cost-effective and efficient government and opposing unnecessary taxes and fees. Founded in 1945, SDCTA has spent the past 65 years saving the region’s taxpayers millions of dollars, as well as generating information to help educate the public.