November 10, 2010
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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR
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SDCTA Set To Review DeMaio “Roadmap to Recovery” Plan
Assessment of five year plan will include suggested revisions, additions
(San Diego) – With a structural budget deficit remaining a significant challenge for the City of San Diego, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) will perform a thorough fiscal analysis of the five year budget reform plan presented last week by San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, as well as other budget savings options that are presented moving forward.
Called the “Roadmap to Recovery,” DeMaio’s plan purports to restructure long-term city finances to eliminate the city’s structural budget deficit by imposing mandatory spending caps, reorganizing city operations, and restructuring several significant liabilities facing the city.
Lani Lutar, President & CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, said the Association will take a closer look at the provisions in DeMaio’s plan to determine which are viable from both a fiscal and legal standpoint, and offer constructive suggestions for changes or additions to the plan to strengthen its effectiveness. SDCTA will draw upon its 65-years of experience performing similar analyses of fiscal reform proposals and legislation.
Lutar said SDCTA would also invite Vince Mudd and members of the Citizens Fiscal Sustainability Task Force to join SDCTA in a united effort toward the common goal of meaningful reform.
“The City of San Diego budget problems must be solved and I believe they will be solved if we work together to achieve realistic, lasting fiscal reforms,” said Lutar. “Numerous good ideas have been proposed. But there is no time to lose in carefully assessing which reforms can be achieved from a financial, structural, and legal standpoint.”
Lutar said she hopes to have the report complete by the beginning of December 2010.
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.