After rating 14 statements from city officials or others lobbying voters on Proposition D, the city’s sales tax and financial reform ballot measure, we’ve created a scorecard.
Overall, bold statements from Prop. D supporters have more often grabbed the attention of our truth-squad than opponents’ claims. We examined 11 statements from supporters since July and three from opponents.
The statements from Prop. D supporters received a wider margin of ratings, tilting slightly toward the long-nosed side of the spectrum. None of the three statements from opponents received a false rating.
Supporters argue that solving the city’s annual budget problems requires a sales tax increase. Without more revenue, the city faces steep cuts to services next year. Opponents argue that there’s more to cut from the budget without affecting core services.