LOS ANGELES -- The California Supreme Court last week struck down a 1988 sales tax increase in San Diego County in a decision that could affect millions of dollars of local taxes and potential bond issues.

In a 5-to-2 ruling Thursday, the court said a majority vote approval for the tax rendered the measure invalid. The court ruled that the tax violates Proposition 13, the property tax-cutting measure approved by voters in 1978, which requires a two-thirds approval vote for all new local special taxes.

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