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Analysis: Proposition D opponents have emphasized the economic slump as one of the main arguments against increasing the sales tax. They argue that residents can’t afford to pay anything more for their goods and services under current conditions.
At a debate last week with City Councilman Carl DeMaio, one of Prop. D’s main opponents, Gloria argued that even the city’s poorest residents — his constituents in District 3 — would benefit from paying more taxes and preventing further cuts to city services.
We wanted to check out whether Gloria’s district actually includes the city’s poorest residents and in fact, that assertion’s accurate, according to the most recent Sandag estimates. Gloria’s district includes the following neighborhoods: Hillcrest, University Heights, North Park, South Park, Golden Hill, Normal Heights, City Heights, Kensington and Talmadge.
Here’s the breakdown of each district estimated by median household income:
• District 1: $108,561
• District 2: $64,754
• District 3: $48,272
• District 4: $59,191
• District 5: $99,768
• District 6: $68,915
• District 7: $68,800
• District 8: $51,748
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