Proponents of a November ballot measure argue it represents the greatest opportunity for financial reform in San Diego’s recent history.
The key word, though, is “opportunity.”
The 10 reforms listed in the ballot measure provide the start of major structural changes, not the end. The actual savings depend not only on negotiations before the tax could be increased, but also on the implementation of reforms anticipated but not required by the measure. In the end, it will come down to how hard the city’s elected officials decide to push for many reforms’ execution.
For instance, one reform, soliciting proposals to privatize the city landfill, was finished before City Council approved the ballot measure. By itself, the reform saved no money. But it could if the city follows through and privatizes landfill operations.