Government Finance and Operations
AB 2119 (Stone) – Support
As Introduced on February 20, 2014
CSAC supports AB 2119, by Assembly Member Mark Stone, which would allow counties to propose a transaction and use tax increases only in the unincorporated area of the county. The proceeds from the tax, if unincorporated voters approve it, could only be used in the unincorporated area.
Under current law, counties can only impose transactions and use countywide, with permission from all the county’s voters. Many cities levy their own sales taxes for the sole benefit of city residents. Those residents are often understandably reluctant to impose a further tax on themselves. AB 2119 would give residents who live outside of cities the same rights as those who live in them.
The Senate Governance and Finance Committee is expected to consider AB 2119 next Wednesday, June 11.
AB 2170 (Mullin) – Support
As introduced February 20, 2014
CSAC supports AB 2170, by Assembly Member Kevin Mullin, which would clarify that joint powers authorities may exercise any power common to the contracting parties, including levying fees and taxes. Joint powers authorities are an important part of California governance, and clarifying the law in an appropriate means to ensure a common understanding of joint powers authorities’ powers to levy fees or taxes.
The Senate Governance and Finance Committee will hear AB 2170 next Wednesday, June 11.