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CA Lawmakers Trying To Make It Easier To Pass Local Tax Measures

Sacramento, CA — Currently local bond and tax measures require a two-thirds majority of the votes to pass, but some state lawmakers would like to see the percentage reduced.

A group of Democratic leaders are pushing for a constitutional amendment to be placed on the 2020 state ballot measure to reduce the figure to 55-percent. Democratic Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry argues that the two-thirds requirement allows a small minority to derail needed projects. However, some state taxpayer organizations are voicing early opposition, arguing that it would hurt property owners.

The change would apply to local ballot measures raising revenue for infrastructure projects like parks, libraries, fire and police facilities and affordable housing.