March 23, 2010
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San Diego County Taxpayers Association Supports Chula Vista Competition Ordinance
Measure would permit fair and open competition in bids for taxpayer funded public projects
(San Diego) – The San Diego County Taxpayers Association Board of Directors voted to support the City of Chula Vista “Fair and Open Competition Ordinance,” prohibiting the city from requiring union labor on publicly funded projects. The measure will come before voters on the June 8, 2010 primary ballot.
Lani Lutar, President & CEO of the Association, said SDCTA’s board cited the following reasons for its endorsement of the measure:
- Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) increase construction costs through union rules and regulations, even on non-union contractors
- Mandating union conditions inhibits competition by reducing the number of bidders, raising costs and creating an anti-competitive business environment
- Taxpayers do not receive the best return on investment on civic projects funded with their public dollars, siphoning savings away from other uses such as improved funding of municipal services
“PLAs in theory are supposed to create better working environments, mitigate possible labor disputes, and insure quality work that is completed on time, but plenty of evidence exists to the contrary,” said Lutar. “However, there is nothing in this measure that prohibits the use of union labor, so long as bids are fiscally responsive to the project’s requirements.
“As the City of Chula Vista faces budget challenges like so many cities, the Association applauds its efforts to secure cost savings through smart use of its resources by getting the most bang for its public works buck, instead of putting the burden on taxpayers in the form of increase fees or reduced services or by foregoing much needed infrastructure improvements,” added Lutar.
A copy of the full staff analysis of the City of Chula Vista Fair and Open Competition Ordinance is available at www.sdcta.org or by calling (619) 234-6423.
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 new 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.
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