San Diego – Can San Diego rebuild its crumbling infrastructure without a massive tax hike that some city leaders are pushing? Carl DeMaio says the answer is YES – and will lay out how to achieve better infrastructure without tax hikes in a major speech today.
Carl DeMaio will be the keynote speaker today at the San Diego Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). APWA represents government and private sector leaders who work in building and maintaining public infrastructure projects — ranging from roads and sewers to major public buildings.
“For years I have pushed to make infrastructure repair and maintenance a priority, and I’m pleased city leaders now realize the importance of rebuilding our city,” DeMaio says. “San Diegans should be wary of current proposals to borrow or tax our way out of this problem,” DeMaio warns.
“We need to fundamentally reform how our infrastructure is managed, or we risk throwing good money after bad,” DeMaio says.
DeMaio will lay out a five-point agenda for reforming infrastructure:
1) Fiscal Reforms to Generate Infrastructure Funding
2) Public Input and Accountability
3) Improved Long-Range Planning and Integrated Development Strategies
4) Streamlining Infrastructure Project Management
5) Public-Private Partnerships
DeMaio is hoping city leaders will examine reforms as part of any possible package to be put before voters in coming years. DeMaio also says he intends to take an active part in any campaign to address San Diego’s infrastructure challenges.