In recent years, politicians in Sacramento have taken billions of dollars from cities and other local governments to help balance California’s budget. Last year, the state passed a budget that “borrowed” and took approximately $5 billion in city, county, transit, redevelopment and special district funds. The state could take billions more this year and even our self-imposed local sales taxes are threatened.
The effects of these state raids are devastating for our local services and reduce or eliminate local funding support for police, fire, health care services, road repair and maintenance, buses, Dial-a-Ride, libraries and redevelopment and job creation projects.
To balance our city budgets, we have had to cut spending and, in many cases, lay off staff. Yet the state Legislature, unable to balance its own budget, shifts its failure onto cities and counties with no thought of the consequences for our citizens.
Proposition 22, the Local Taxpayer, Public Safety and Transportation Protection Act, is on the November 2010 statewide ballot to stop state raids on local funds. It is supported by the California Chamber of Commerce, League of California Cities, California Library Association, the California Fire and Police Chiefs associations, the California Transit Association and many other organizations and individuals.
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Proposition 22 does not increase taxes, does not affect schools or Proposition 98 funding, does not impact Proposition 13 and does not reduce funding to any other state or local programs.
Proposition 22 will:
Stop the state from borrowing, taking or redirecting local tax dollars dedicated to public safety, emergency response and other vital services.
Stop the state from borrowing, taking or redirecting the gasoline excise tax allocated to cities and counties for local street and road maintenance.
Stop the state from borrowing, taking or redirecting public transportation account revenues dedicated to public transit.
Stop the state from borrowing, taking or redirecting local property tax and redevelopment funds from cities and counties.
If you want to ensure that your tax dollars stay invested in your community, instead of being sucked into the black hole of the state budget, please join us, the city mayors of San Luis Obispo County, in stopping state takeaways and protecting local services by voting “yes” on Proposition 22.
Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara; Atascadero Mayor Roberta Fonzi; Grover Beach Mayor John Shoals; Morro Bay Mayor Janice Peters; Paso Robles Mayor Duane Picanco; Pismo Beach Mayor Mary Ann Reiss; San Luis Obispo Mayor Dave Romero