The cheering for the city administration’s Rebuild San Diego plan wasn’t quite as loud as expected yesterday, as critics from both the right and the left made their discontent known. Mayor Faulconer held a press conference yesterday in front of the construction in progress for a new library in Skyline Heights, urging the city council to place the plan before the voters in June.
The Times of San Diego reported that the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, a group known for its advocacy of conservative fiscal positions, was skeptical about Councilmember Mark Kersey’s ballot proposal to budget billions for infrastructure needs. The SDCTA offered up a list of suggestions, saying they were wary of ballot-box budgeting.
Councilmember David Alvarez offered up an alternative infrastructure proposal with a more aggressive timeline of ten years relying on a combination of property tax increment, debt service savings, and use of general fund savings realized through efficiencies. [Read more…]