Background and Talking Points
Current law, as enacted by voters with Proposition
218 – The Right to Vote on Taxes initiative, requires that all new
property-related taxes and most fees proposed by a local government
or agency must be approved by 2/3 of the voters. A limited
exception to this general rule exists for fees assessed for water,
garbage, and sewer service.
SB 231 will redefine the word ‘sewer’ in the law in order to avoid
the 2/3 vote requirement and directly tax property-owners for
larger stormwater infrastructure projects.
- SB 231 is an attempt to impose
TAXES without voter approval. Proponents claim the bill only seeks to
attach a definition to the term “sewers.” In reality, the bill
is nothing more than legal “trickery” to get around having to
get voter approval for a new tax.
- SB 231 is a blatant attempt to
circumvent the will of the voters. SB
231 ignores the will and mandate of the voters, by creating an
expansive definition of the word ‘sewer’ that is neither
consistent with public policy, the intent of the voters, nor
the plain meaning of the word.
- Voters SHOULD have the ability to
approve or deny paying for larger infrastructure projects. Notwithstanding
the merits of a particular project, Proposition 218 gave the
decision-making authority for funding to the voters. And the
voters should be the ones to decide.
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