Rescind Egregiously Stupid Tax – San Diego Linkage Fee

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Rare is the day when we have the ability to directly rebuke the stupidity of our city council; but that day would be today.  Two months ago I pointed out the uselessness of linkage fees in alleviating affordable housing problems, even if that is the stated purpose of the tax.  Felipe Monroig of the SD County Taxpayer’s Association showed that most of the money actually goes to helping the homeless through “transitional” housing assistance, a large disconnect from helping the “working poor” finding affordable housing.  Meanwhile, the fee has a negative impact on development by raising “linkage fee” taxes paid by developers by over 350 percent.

But there is still time to kill this tax, former Mayor Jerry Sanders, writes in the Pomerado News:

We have less than a month — until January 23 — to collect 34,000 valid signatures of voters living in the City of San Diego. Once we do, the council will have to rescind its ill-conceived decision or put the issue before voters in June 2014.
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This jobs-killer also is a zombie tax because it will continue to automatically increase year after year without any review or approval by elected officials.


His article links to the Stop the Jobs Tax web site, which gives information on how to sign the petition and of course, how to donate.  They also debunk some myths about the tax:

Despite numerous requests for information to verify this claim [that the money is leveraged with federal and state dollars], the proponents of the jobs tax have provided little statistical data to support this claim. Additionally, the annual revenue estimated from this tax is too small to make much of a difference. In fiscal year 2013, for example, less than $1 million was raised.  Even the Housing Commission acknowledged that at projected peak revenue, the tax would only provide 100 homes a year noting that over 45,000 people are waiting for subsidized housing.
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According to many economists, San Diego is already at a competitive disadvantage, and this tax increase makes it even more difficult to create and attract new jobs. In fact, San Diego is the only city in the entire region that charges this kind of tax for subsidized affordable housing.  Most competitor regions across the nation do not charge this tax.

This is NOT what the linkage fees will be used for.
(Used by permission of Mjbeal  [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

But the bottom line is that restrictive land use policies decrease the availability of housing which in turns drives up prices and makes it less affordable.  Nothing short of allowing more housing development is going to make a dent in the affordable housing problem in San Diego.

It’s a good day when we can directly challenge the collective ridiculousness of a leftist shakedown.


More info from Rostra admin:

JOBS Coalition:

Thanks to those of you who volunteered gathering signatures at Vons in La Jolla and Kiel’s in San Carlos with Jerry and Councilmember Sherman (and wife)! Below is the recent media buzz on the Jobs Killing Tax campaign from over the weekend. The majority of stations ran coverage of the event during their 6pm/10pm broadcasts on Saturday and then again on their morning shows on Sunday. NBC and KFMB also covered the event but I was unable to capture their coverage as of this morning. I am adding these clips and photos from the weekend to the website and social media now.


If you haven’t checked it out yet, is now live thanks primarily to the hard work of Ashley Hause at the Chamber.

If you haven’t “liked” the Coalition’s FB page yet please do: We’re also on Twitter at @stopthejobstax

The more media attention the Coalition generates, including the social media, the more likely San Diegans are to recognize and sign our petition. Speaking of media attention — please read and share this guest column in the U-T by Mark Olsson, a San Diego small business owner: Linkage fee is a jobs killer

Lastly, if you haven’t signed the petition please do! Let us know if you would like to check out a book for your business or organization .


January 8: Volunteers will be gathering signatures from 5-6:45 at Viejas Arena prior to the SDSU Aztecs basketball game

January 9: Press Conference at Deep Sea, one of two small businesses owned by Mark Olsson, who is considering expanding and will be subject to the tax. Location is
4033 Ruffin Road.

January 10: 9-10:30 weekly meeting at California Strategies

January 11: Volunteers, including Jerry Sanders and and Councilmember Mark Kersey will be at the Vons in Rancho Penasquitos, located at 13255 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92129

Stay tuned for other events this week in the works.

The campaign has until January 23 to collect 34,000 valid signatures. We need your help to get there. Let me know how you will help!


Chanelle B. Hawken, J.D.
Executive Director, Public Policy
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce


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