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A potential sales tax ballot measure failed Monday afternoon after iconoclastic City Councilwoman Donna Frye declined to give her support.

Following more than two hours of discussion, Frye refused to support putting the tax on the ballot. Her decision left the City Council one vote short of the six votes needed to put a measure on the ballot.

Frye was seen as a “yes” vote because she had supported increased revenues in the past. But, as she explained to her stunned colleagues and the public, she said she would only support an increase if it were packaged with cost cutting reforms.

— LIAM DILLON

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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