Republicans vow to fight ballot measure to increase sales tax

The local Republican Party vowed Tuesday to mount an “unprecedented campaign” in opposition to a possible November ballot measure that would ask San Diego voters to approve a half-cent sales tax increase.

“Should a sales tax increase proposal make its way onto the November ballot, we will mount a heretofore unprecedented campaign to defeat it — and succeed,” said Tony Krvaric, chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County.

So far, there has been no specific proposal to put a sales tax increase on the November ballot.

However, several groups have come out against the idea since The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Mayor Jerry Sanders, a Republican, is considering asking voters to approve a half-cent sales tax hike as one of several options being mulled to help close ongoing budget shortfalls and restore municipal services.