Chula Vista's sales tax could be going up; voters to decide on Measure A

Posted at 3:46 PM, Jun 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 09:52:50-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Chula Vista residents Tuesday will decide whether or not to pass a new sales tax.

Measure A would increase sales tax in the city by half a cent, tying it for the highest sales tax in San Diego County.

The measure could generate as much as $17 million in revenue, according to the city. Chula Vista leaders say the tax would be used for public safety and those in favor say the tax increase is much needed.

RELATED: What you need to know about Measure A, Chula Vista's proposed sales tax increase  

Proponents argue that the city needs more police, saying that, despite population growth, the city has fewer officers than it had in 2007.

Those against the measure have pointed to the fact that, though city leadership says the money will be used for public safety, the text of Measure A says proceeds “shall be for unrestricted general revenue purposes.”

In other words, they say, the money can be used for any lawful purpose. Opponents also point out that the sales tax has no end date.