Should local property tax and sales tax revenues remain with local government
thereby safeguarding funding for public safety, health, libraries, parks, and other
local services? Provisions can only be suspended if the Governor declares a fiscal
necessity and two-thirds of the Legislature concur.
- Protects local funding for public safety, health, libraries, parks, and other locally delivered services.
- Prohibits the State from reducing local governments' property tax proceeds.
- Allows the provisions to be suspended only if the Governor declares a fiscal necessity and two-thirds of the Legislature approve the suspension. Suspended funds must be repaid within three years.
- Also requires local sales tax revenues to remain with local government and be spent for local purposes.
- Requires the State to fund legislative mandates on local governments or suspend their operation.
government revenues than otherwise would have been the case, possibly in the
billions of dollars annually over time. Any such local revenue impacts would
result in decreased resources to the state of similar amounts.
- A YES vote of this measure means:
- State authority over local government finances would be significantly restricted.
- A NO vote of this measure means:
- The state's current authority over local government finances would not be affected.
- Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 1A:
- Prop 1A is a historic, bipartisan agreement that prevents the State from taking and using
local tax dollars, which local governments use for fire and paramedic response, law
enforcement, healthcare and other vital services. Join Governor Schwarzenegger,
firefighters, law enforcement. PROTECT LOCAL TAXPAYERS AND PUBLIC SAFETY. YES on 1 A.
Full Text of Argument In Favor
- Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 1A:
- Proposition 1A gives local politicians a spending guarantee without fiscal oversight.
It allows the State to permanently raid the property taxes of school districts, but not the property taxes of cities and counties. It
locks in the local sales tax rate in the Constitution, preventing the
Legislature from ever lowering it
Full Text of Argument Against
- Contact FOR Proposition 1A:
- Yes on 1A Californians to Protect Local Taxpayers and Public Safety
1121 L Street, Suite 803
Sacramento, CA 95814
- Contact AGAINST Proposition 1A:
- Carole Migden, Chairwoman
State Board of Equalization
601 Van Ness Ave., #E3-611
San Francisco CA 94102
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