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Voters approve half-cent sales tax hike in Chula Vista

Third Avenue in Chula Vista (Credit: Allan Ferguson)

SAN DIEGO – Initial plans to implement voter-approved Measure P will go before the Chula Vista City Council next week, city officials said Monday.

The measure, approved by more than 67 percent of voters in the Nov. 8 general election, will increase the municipal sales tax by a half-cent over the next 10 years to raise funds for a variety of infrastructure projects. The tax hike, to begin April 1, is expected to bring in around $165 million over a decade.

According to the city, a plan to implement financing and other provisions called for in the proposition will be presented to the council for approval at its Dec. 6 meeting.

The City Council in the coming weeks is also set to take action to establish a citizens oversight committee and authorize the implementation process for funding infrastructure needs.

Funding is expected to be doled out according to the probability of failure of a particular asset and the consequences of such failure to the city and residents.

Voters also approved a one-cent sales tax increase in Del Mar. A countywide half-cent hike that would have funded roadway and transit projects failed.