Infrastructure ballot measure advances
SAN DIEGO — The City Council’s Infrastructure Committee voted Wednesday to direct staff to further study Councilman Mark Kersey’s plan to fund infrastructure projects and develop ballot language.
The results of the further work will go next month to the full City Council, which could place it on the June primary election ballot.
Kersey believes his “Rebuild San Diego” measure will raise $4-5 billion over the next 30 years by dedicating future sales tax growth and savings from pension reform to infrastructure funding, and by formalizing Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s pledge to dedicate half of the city’s revenue growth to such projects.
“This measure will provide a sustainable, long-term commitment to financing infrastructure projects in the city,” said Kersey, who chairs the committee.
“This charter amendment is essential if we are to operate an effective public works program that prioritizes long-term infrastructure planning and development, and is absolutely necessary to show voters we are serious about infrastructure investment,” Kersey said.
The councilman said he believes San Diego got so far behind on capital projects and maintenance because funding streams weren’t dedicated to infrastructure.
If the item does go on a ballot, it will only need a simple majority to pass, since it doesn’t envision new taxes.
Councilwoman Marti Emerald dissented, contending that the proposal “wasn’t ready for prime time.”