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Wednesday, Sep 28, 2022
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Letter



A Taxing Solution to Police Force Woes


Editor:

In San Diego, we know that our police force is understaffed. We are short 200 officers.

Not enough money in the budget, we are told. But there is a possible solution, albeit not a 100 percent solution.

Downtown redevelopment collects about $74 million in property taxes, of which none goes to finance the Police Department.

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State law does not allow these taxes for operations , only for capital expenses.

The solution was proposed in two 2004 memos to the City Council, one by then-City Attorney Casey Gwinn and the other by then-Community Development Director Hank Cunningham.

Both proposed that an effort be made to amend the state law.

There was spirited opposition from Centre City Development Corp.

Result: The issue never made it to the council agenda. So, there was no effort to amend state law. But the potential still exists.

Prediction: This council will continue to bury the proposal.


Melvin Shapiro

San Diego

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