Letter to the Editor

Eyes on ACA 8

CambriaJuly 22, 2013 

The possible passage of Assembly Constitutional Amendment 8 repeals the Proposition 13 requirement of at least a 2/3 vote for approval of special taxes applicable to a specific purpose. There was no public hearing, and the Senate is the last hurdle.

Remember the recent property CalFire tax? The requirement is reduced to 55 percent approval to make it easier to finance infrastructure with local bonds. These bonds are paid for exclusively by property owners. Therefore, voters who do not own property can raise taxes on those who do. Specifically, local special interests with large monitory resources and their “endorsing” politicians can “propagandize” fewer voters to increase property taxes.

A recourse is to register with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association via email to keep continuously informed. Next, support any referendum or repeal of ACA 8 and vote for replacement of the guilty Assembly and Senate leaders at the next election.

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