Government Finance and Operations 01/25/2013
ACA 3 (Campos) – Support
As Introduced on January 22, 2013
ACA 3, by Assembly Member Nora Campos, would allow local voters of counties, cities, and special districts to increase property tax rates with a 55 percent vote to pay debt incurred to fund fire, sheriff, police, or emergency response facilities and equipment. The measure would also allow local voters to fund supplemental public safety services by passing a special tax with 55 percent approval.
One of this year’s major debates in the Legislature will center on how the Democrats will use their supermajority in both houses. One likely candidate is placing constitutional amendments on the ballot. ACA 3 is one of several measures already introduced that would ask voters whether they want to make it easier for communities to raise local taxes by reducing vote thresholds from two-thirds to 55 percent.