SB 69 (Roth) – Support
Senate Bill 69 by Senator Richard Roth would provide a “Vehicle License Fee Adjustment Amount” for those newly incorporated cities that were impacted by SB 89 (2011). CSAC supports this measure, as it would provide immediate financial assistance to the four newly incorporated cities in Riverside County.
Counties will recall that the state’s four newest cities planned for and, in some cases received, additional VLF revenues to help finance their starts. When SB 89 redirected all VLF revenues to fund certain public safety programs under 2011 realignment, these four cities lost considerable portions of their budgets. SB 69 seeks to assist these cities financially by providing an additional “VLF Swap” amount.
SB 69 was approved by the Legislature last week and is now with the Governor for his consideration.
AB 1717 (Perea) – Support
AB 1717, by Assembly Member Henry Perea, would implement a system for collecting state and local charges, including utility user taxes, on prepaid wireless purchases. These transactions have historically escaped collection because, unlike wireline and post-paid services, the service provider is not always aware of the consumer’s location.
The Assembly passed AB 1717 70-5 last Wednesday, following the Senate’s 29-2 vote the previous day. The Governor vetoed a similar bill last year, but this year’s version mitigates some of the concerns he expressed in his veto message.
AB 2170 (Mullin) – Support
AB 2170, by Assembly Member Kevin Mullin, would clarify that joint powers authorities may exercise any power common to the contracting parties, including levying fees and taxes.
The law governing joint powers authorities has always allowed the contracting parties to exercise any common powers, as long as they are specified in the joint powers agreement; therefore, the statement that the bill is declaratory of existing law is important. This bill would clarify current law so that there could be no doubt that this authority extends to the imposition of fees and taxes.
Joint powers authorities are an important part of California governance, and clarifying the law is an appropriate means to ensure a common understanding of joint powers authorities’ powers to levy fees or taxes.
AB 2170 awaits the Governor’s decision after passing the Senate and Assembly on largely party-line votes.
AB 2231 (Gordon) – Support
AB 2231, by Assembly Member Rich Gordon, would restore the Senior Citizens’ Property Tax Postponement Program, which allows seniors and people with disabilities to stay in their homes without paying property taxes. The property taxes are paid when ownership of the home changes.
The Assembly passed AB 2231 unanimously last Wednesday after the Senate’s unanimous approval two days previous. The bill now moves to the Governor’s desk.