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Councilmember Gloria comments on proposed budget ballot initiative

(SAN DIEGO) San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria yesterday issued a statement regarding the proposed ballot initiative to safeguard local funds from borrowing by the State of California.

The proposed initiative, prepared by the California Attorney General Jerry Brown, would “Prohibit the State from shifting, taking, borrowing, or restricting the use of tax revenues dedicated by law to fund local government services, community redevelopment projects, or transportation projects and services and prohibit the State from delaying the distribution of tax revenues for these purposes even when the Governor deems it necessary due to a severe state fiscal hardship.”

“San Diegans pay taxes with an understanding of how they will be spent, including portions staying in our City for essential services,” said Gloria. “The State of California’s repeated raids and redirection of our funds lack transparency and are simply unfair to taxpayers.

“San Diegans require certain services, and the State’s hoarding of funds has proven to negatively impact our region. Even after borrowing $5 billion from San Diego and other cities, the State still eliminated transit funding for the next five years, causing the tremendous erosion of essential transit service here.

“To protect transit service, to ensure continuity of public safety services and to strengthen trust with taxpayers, local funds must be protected.”