CSAC Bill Offers Local Tax Measure Elections Tool
February 16, 2017
CSAC is pleased to sponsor Assembly Bill 467 to preserve county resources for when county transportation authorities seek voter approval for a transportation tax (quarter-cent transactions and use tax). The bill, authored by Assembly Member Mullin, would allow a local transportation tax expenditure plan to be posted online in lieu of being printed in county voter information handbooks. CSAC would like to thank Assembly Member Mullin for his leadership on this issue.
AB 467 offers a solution that protects county resources while still ensuring access to elections materials. It provides that counties may choose to post the full expenditure plan online with directions in both the sample ballot and voter information guide on how to access the plan. It also requires that a free copy of the plan be made available by mail at no cost if the voter requests a copy.
CSAC was alerted to the issue during the 2016 elections. Costs associated with printing the full expenditure plan in voter information handbooks were creating a significant drain on county budgets—in some instances of individual counties, the costs accounted for over $1 million. Of the twelve counties that sought voter approval for a local transportation tax in the November 2016 election, only five were successful. For those counties, the elections costs can be drawn from the new tax revenue. In the seven counties where the tax proposal failed passage, the county general fund takes the hit.
Sample letters for counties to register their support will be available soon and CSAC will provide updates as the bill advances through the legislative process.