Proposition xxx: Text of Proposed Law
This initiative measure is submitted to the people in accordance with the provisions of Article II, Section 8 of the Constitution.
This initiative measure expressly amends the Constitution both by amending existing articles and by adding articles thereto; therefore, the full text of the existing provisions proposed to be amended is printed with the existing language that is to be amended printed in strike-through type and substitute language printed in italic type and new provisions proposed to be added are printed in italic type to indicate that they are new.
PROPOSED ADDITION OF ARTICLE XVIII B
THE FAIRER VOTING ACT
SECTION 1. TITLE. This act shall be known and may be cited as "The Fairer Voting Act."
SECTION 2. FINDINGS AND DECLARATIONS. The voters of California hereby find and declare that the requirement of a two-thirds majority vote of the electors for the purpose of authorizing local government entities, including cities, counties, school districts and special districts, to impose or raise local taxes or to issue debt constitutes an unwise and unfair infringement on the rights of the majority of local voters to support and maintain important local government services and properties. The voters also find and declare that protection of the interests of property holders is insufficient justification to maintain such an unfair and unwise super-majority requirement. The voters further find and declare that systematically reducing the threshold for all super-majority votes of the electors from two-thirds of all votes cast to three-fifths of all votes cast will provide adequate protection for the interests of property holders, while permitting a still- substantial majority of local voters to impose on themselves such tax or bonded indebtedness measures as they may deem necessary.
SECTION 3. LIMITATIONS ON ELECTORAL SUPER-MAJORITIES.
Article XVIII B is added to the California Constitution to read:
ARTICLE XVIII B
Section 1. Under no circumstances may any provision of or amendment to this Constitution require more than a three-fifths majority of all votes cast by qualified electors in any election for any purpose.
PROPOSED AMENDMENT OF ARTICLE 11 LOCAL GOVERNMENT, SEC. 1. (a)
The State is divided into counties which are legal subdivisions of the State. The Legislature shall prescribe uniform procedure for county formation, consolidation, and boundary change. Formation or consolidation requires approval by a majority of electors voting on the question in each affected county. A boundary change requires approval by the governing body of each affected county. No county seat shall be removed unless
PROPOSED AMENDMENT OF ARTICLE 13A (TAX LIMITATION), Section 1. (b)
The limitation provided for in subdivision (a) shall not apply to ad valorem taxes or special assessments to pay the interest and redemption charges on (1) any indebtedness approved by the voters prior to July 1, 1978, or (2) any bonded indebtedness for the acquisition or improvement of real property approved on or after July 1, 1978, by
PROPOSED AMENDMENT OF ARTICLE 13A (TAX LIMITATION), Section 4.
Cities, Counties and special districts, by a
PROPOSED AMENDMENT OF ARTICLE 13C (VOTER APPROVAL FOR LOCAL TAX LEVIES), SEC. 2. (d)
No local government may impose, extend, or increase any special tax unless and until that tax is submitted to the electorate and approved by a
PROPOSED AMENDMENT OF ARTICLE 13D (ASSESSMENT AND PROPERTY-RELATED REFORM), SEC. 3. (2)
Any special tax receiving a
PROPOSED AMENDMENT OF ARTICLE 13D (ASSESSMENT AND PROPERTY-RELATED REFORM), SEC. 4. (g)
Because only special benefits are assessable, electors residing within the district who do not own property within the district shall not be deemed under this Constitution to have been deprived of the right to vote for any assessment. If a court determines that the Constitution of the United States or other federal law requires otherwise, the assessment shall not be imposed unless approved by a
PROPOSED AMENDMENT OF ARTICLE 13D (ASSESSMENT AND PROPERTY-RELATED REFORM), SEC. 6. (c)
Voter Approval for New or Increased Fees and Charges. Except for fees or charges for sewer, water, and refuse collection services, no property related fee or charge shall be imposed or increased unless and until that fee or charge is submitted and approved by a majority vote of the property owners of the property subject to the fee or charge or, at the option of the agency, by a
PROPOSED AMENDMENT OF ARTICLE 16 PUBLIC FINANCE, SEC. 18.
No county, city, town, township, board of education, or school district, shall incur any indebtedness or liability in any manner or for any purpose exceeding in any year the income and revenue provided for such year, without the assent of