In a recent column arguing that voters should reject a statewide tax hike, former San Diego mayor Roger Hedgecock cited an interesting piece of local election history.

The statewide hike is being billed as an effort to avoid budget cuts to schools and public safety services. But in 2010, Hedgecock wrote, San Diego voters rejected a tax hike sold on a similar pitch and the budget ax never fell.

“Following the defeat, not one police officer or firefighter was fired,” Hedgecock wrote. “In fact, the safety services budget went up as the City Council cut other parts of the budget.”

In the latest edition of Fact Check TV, Andrew Donohue and Scott Lewis examine how the city’s budget changed after the 2010 vote and whether Hedgecock’s description was accurate.

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Keegan Kyle is a news reporter for Voice of San Diego. He writes about local government, creates infographics and handles the Fact Check Blog. What should he write about next?

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