Signatures being gathered to put Anti-Tax Initiative on Ballot

By Staff

Currently local taxes can be raised by a simple majority.  A ballot initiative, purportedly backed by soda companies, may be on the California November ballot.  Signatures are being gathered.  It would set a new threshold of two thirds of local voters to raise taxes instead of a simple majority as it is now. Additionally, the taxes must be used for specific local purposes and not go into the state’s general fund or to other purposes/unions even if they are local. 

Beverage companies like Pepsi have poured millions into the ballot measure and additional industries are considering joining the effort.  In the past, funds that were slated for specific uses by voters have been pumped into budget deficients by politicians.   

Unions and California cities are already decrying that the move would be devastating to their communities.  They are still pointing to Prop 13, which gave property owners relief from rising taxes, for creating funding gaps. From the Sacramento Bee: “An effort already underway for the 2020 election aims to scale back the part of Proposition 13 that reduces commercial property taxes.”

As with Santa Paula’s Measure T, 30 cities proposed a 1% sales tax increase back on the 2016 ballot. All but eight of those propositions passed.  But have the additional revenue been used for the proposes they were sold to the public? That may be the fundamental question voters will be asking this November.

For more detail on the proposal: The Sacramento Bee 

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