State legislature again trying to lower the voter threshold for tax measures

12 May

While I’m not formally affiliated with any other “Taxpayers Association,” I try to keep an eye on the Jarvis website, and there’s an active group in Sutter County that’s good for the latest news. Here’s a notice from SCTA regarding two bills that are winding their way through the state legislature. 

The Sutter County Taxpayers Association (SCTA) has voted to join the California Taxpayers Association, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, other local taxpayer groups and organizations to oppose two State Constitutional Amendment (SCA) bills working their way through the California Legislature. They are:

 SCA 6 which would allow local governments to increase local transportation taxes, including sales taxes and parcel taxes such as for schools, levees, maintenance areas, etc. which appear on property tax bills, by lowering the voter threshold to 55% instead of the two-thirds vote as required under current law.

 SCA 3 which would allow local governments to increase property taxes to fund library bond debt payments with a lower popular vote than currently required under our state constitution. Under current law, bonds that fund library facilities require a two-thirds approval from voters, and local bonds are repaid by increased property taxes.

Both of these State Constitutional Amendments erode Proposition 13 which was approved by the voters nearly 40 years ago to limit the local property tax rate. Increased property taxes can lead to increased housing costs, including for renters. SCA 6 would also open the door to higher sales taxes and California already has the highest sales tax in the nation at 7.25% (not including local sales taxes).

SCTA President Pat Miller encourages voters from all counties to contact their legislators and tell them to vote no on these two tax increasing bills.

I contacted Assemblyman James Gallagher via his website – we’ll see if he responds. He has not made any statements regarding these measures that I am aware of. These measures usually sneak through below the radar – let’s face it, these people want tax increases. Let Gallagher know how you feel about these bills:

james@gallagherforassembly.com

You should also contact Senator Jim Nielsen – I can’t find an e-mail for him, try his Chico office – 2635 Forest Ave, Suite 110, Chico, CA 95928
Phone: (530) 879-7424

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