Assembly Democrats want lower threshold to raise local taxes

By Kathleen Ronayne, Sacramento Bee | California voters could decide in 2020 whether it should be easier for their local governments to raise taxes and issue bonds for affordable housing, road improvements and other public projects.

A constitutional amendment proposed Wednesday [ACA 1] would lower how much voter support communities need to raise money for infrastructure projects from two-thirds to 55 percent.

Assembly Democrats say the current threshold allows a minority of voters to derail needed projects.

“These two-thirds thresholds are meant to enable a boisterous minority to impede progress,” said Assemblyman Todd Gloria of San Diego.

But taxpayer advocates said it would make things more expensive for homeowners in particular because it could lead to more parcel taxes, a flat tax levied on property owners.

“If this passes it’s going to be devastating for property owners,” said David Wolfe, legislative director for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

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