April Boling is a taxpayer advocate, campaign finance expert, community volunteer, certified public accountant, and a lifelong San Diegan. April has a long record of public service and a history of fighting to protect San Diego taxpayers.
In 2010, April helped defeat a sales tax increase. In 2012, April was one of three proponents who drafted the citizens’ initiative known as Proposition B, or Comprehensive Pension Reform, which replaced most city pensions with 401(k)-style retirement plans. Proposition B passed overwhelmingly – 154,216 San Diegans voted for it, or 66 percent of the vote. More than 120,000 people signed the citizens’ initiative to place Prop. B on the 2012 ballot. It will save San Diego taxpayers $1 billion. April now is on the front lines fighting government employee union bosses trying to overturn pension reform.
April opposes the San Diego Chargers plan to raise taxes to pay for a downtown stadium and convention center annex. April would like to see the Chargers remain in San Diego and she is not opposed to a reasonable public contribution, but the team’s plan includes more than $1 billion in public funds and it would saddle San Diego with one of the highest hotel taxes in the country to pay for a stadium and an annex that tourism leaders say is a bad investment. If the hotel tax does need meet expectations, the City’s General Fund would be on the hook, meaning less money for police, fire, roads and other neighborhood services.
April’s concerns extend beyond raising taxes to subsidize a billionaire NFL owner, and negative impacts to our tourism economy, which accounts for nearly a quarter of our regional economy. April has pointed out that the NFL season would preclude many conventions from using the new taxpayer-funded facility for a significant portion of the year.
April’s expertise on budget matters has led to appointments to numerous boards and committees. In the late 1990s, she chaired a San Diego Unified School District committee that helped lay the groundwork for the first large school construction and deferred maintenance bond. That experience led her to join the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, where she served as board chair from 2002 to 2004. She remains a board member of the Association.
As a member of San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy’s Blue Ribbon Committee in 2002, April was among the first to realize pensions were draining most of the city’s revenues, leaving a backlog of deferred maintenance for roads, parks, libraries and other city services and facilities. As chair of San Diego’s Pension Reform Committee in 2003 and 2004, April called for significant reforms to the city pension system.
April was a board member of the San Diego Convention Center from 2003 to 2005, serving as board chair in 2005. That experience gave her a deep understanding of the complex issues facing one of San Diego’s vital economic engines, and the best approach to protecting this community asset so that it continues to attract Comic-Con and other conventions that generate tens of millions of dollars a year for city services in every San Diego neighborhood.
In the summer of 2016, April became chair of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Board of Directors, where she will help oversee modernization plans for Terminal 1, home to Southwest, Alaska, and Frontier airlines.
April’s commitment to strengthening local government in San Diego can be traced to her deep roots in the community. After graduating from Hoover High School and earning her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of San Diego, April worked as a Supervisory Budget Analyst for the Department of the Navy, where she was responsible for internal budgeting and external negotiations. In 1985, April was hired by the San Diego office of Price Waterhouse as a tax manager for clients in the real estate development and emerging technology industries. She started her own private accounting practice in 1989.
In addition to her civic work, April also has helped lead a number of civic and charitable organizations, including the Patrick Henry High School Foundation, the Mission Trails Regional Park Citizens Advisory Committee and Orphan Kids Inc., a social service organization that provided food and school supplies to children in Baja California.
April has two grown children and resides in the San Carlos neighborhood of San Diego.