Rebuild San Diego effectively creates a limit on future spending increases for all non-infrastructure services, such as public safety.
When voters approved TransNet in 2004, they were told the billions it would generate for infrastructure projects would be overseen by an independent oversight committee. Now, as SANDAG considers another tax increase, it’s not clear at all how independent the oversight committee actually is.
SANDAG released two proposals for how it might spend $18 billion from a potential tax increase. One plan focuses on helping cities solve their infrastructure shortfalls. The other is geared toward regional projects like highways and major transit upgrades, but offers no money to local infrastructure.
San Diego will face another year of intense weather again in the future, and we cannot afford, financially or morally, to make repairs after the fact.
Councilman David Alvarez’s new infrastructure proposal acknowledges a problem that’s been going on for more than five years. Even though the city doesn’t have enough cash to fix its crumbling infrastructure, it can’t spend the money it does have quickly enough.
Affordable homes must be a part of the city of San Diego’s infrastructure conversation.
The city’s budget analyst says that the city needs a tax increase if it wants to repair everything that needs fixing.
With the megabond’s death, dreams of slaying the city’s infrastructure burden next year are dashed. In its place could be two other ballot measures that present problems of their own.
It looks like San Diego’s infrastructure debt could get put off once again and left to future politicians to manage. And with money the city doesn’t even have yet. City Councilman Mark Kersey recently released a plan to deal with the city’s infrastructure problem, but as Voice of San Diego’s Liam Dillon reported, the plan […]
It’s not enough money in the short term to resolve funding gaps. And history shows that in the long term, approaches like this one haven’t worked here.