Government Finance and Operations
Low Turn-Out Drives Election Date Consolidation
Senate Bill 415 (Hueso) – Request for Comments
SB 415 would prohibit a local political subdivision from holding an election on a date other than on a statewide election date if doing so previously resulted in voter turnout that was at least 25% lower than the average turnout within that subdivision for the previous four statewide general elections. This is one of several measures seeking to consolidate elections dates with statewide contests with the intent of increasing voter turnout but it could have unintended consequences in some jurisdictions.
Precedent Setting Assessment Rules for Private Agreements
Assembly Appropriations Committee
AB 668 (Gomez) – Request for Comments
AB 668 requires a county assessor to consider the private encumbrances created by nonprofit corporations that advance affordable housing, allowing a change in law that authorizes private entities to effectively reduce the assessment value based on self-imposed encumbrances. CSAC is currently supporting several bills to enhance affordable housing opportunities that offer direct subsidies through state funding mechanisms as an alternative means to promote access and availability.
EIFD Clean-Up Includes New Affordable Housing Protections
Assembly Bill 313 (Atkins) – Support/Request for Comment
AB 313 provides clarification to the enhanced infrastructure finance district (EIFD) law enacted through Senate Bill 628 (Beall, 2014). In addition, it builds on the legislative intent in the original measure to create requirements for preserving affordable housing units. Specifically, it requires any low or very-low income housing units impacted by an EIFD project to be relocated within one-half mile of the original location, with as many or more bedrooms offered per unit. CSAC supports this measure but wants to ensure these requirements will not hamper opportunities for counties and partnering local agencies to make the most of the new economic development tool offered by EIFDs.