CSAC Board Takes Positions on November Ballot Propositions
The CSAC Board of Directors has completed its review of the 2018 statewide ballot initiatives, wrapping up action at its September 6 meeting. In total, the Board took positions on five of the eleven propositions on the November ballot, all five of which directly impact county operations for better or for worse.
Starting at the top of the ballot, the Board voted to support Propositions 1, 2, and 3, and to oppose Propositions 5 and 6, both of which would create a highly concerning drain on local resources.
Proposition 1 is a $4 billion housing bond to support a variety of programs that directly address the housing affordability crisis. The Legislature placed Proposition 1 on the ballot, as well as Proposition 2, which would implement the No Place Like Home Program. Specifically, Proposition 2 would authorize up to $1.8 billion in bond funding and the redirection of up to $140 million in Mental Health Services Act funding annually, to provide grants to counties for permanent supportive housing projects for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and living with a serious mental illness.
Proposition 3 is a $8.8 billion water bond that would fund a variety of water related projects, including watershed restoration, fish and waterfowl habitat improvement, safe drinking water, and repair of the Friant Kern Canal. The measure would also provide funding for other critical programs, including the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, stormwater, forest health and watershed improvements, and other areas of importance to counties. More information is available at the Proposition 3 website.
While the ballot includes new funding streams for important state priorities, there is also a lot at stake for counties, specifically in the areas of transportation and property tax.
Proposition 5, sponsored by the California Association of Realtors, would expand property tax portability for homeowners and keep property taxes suppressed under Proposition 13 (1978) by allowing eligible homeowners (those either over age 55, with a disability, or victim of disaster) to keep their artificially low property tax bill when they move to a home of any value, anywhere in the state, as many times as they choose.
Proposition 6 would repeal Senate Bill 1 – the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 – and eliminate more than $5 billion annually for local streets and roads, state highways, and public transportation. CSAC is fully committed to both opposition efforts this fall and will continue to keep counties apprised of any new updates.
A list of all eleven propositions on the November ballot is available on the Secretary of State’s website.