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California "Protection of Local School Revenues" Initiative (2014)

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A California "Protection of Local School Revenues" Initiative (#13-0047) was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014, ballot as a combined initiated constitutional amendment and state statute.

Text of measure

Ballot title:

School Funding. Property Tax Revenues. Initiative Constitutional and Statutory Amendment.

Official summary:

"Prohibits state from redirecting or reducing the allocation of local property tax revenues designated for K-12 public schools and community college districts. Requires state to use its general fund instead of these local property tax revenues to compensate cities and counties for their reduced vehicle license fee revenue when the fee is set below 2 percent of vehicle market value."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Net decrease in city and county revenue of about $2.5 billion per year, beginning in 2015-16. Uncertain impact on annual state costs ranging from savings of a few billion dollars to costs of a few billion dollars, beginning in 2015-16. Possible increase in school and community college funding."

Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California
  • Katherine G. Welch and Jennifer L. Bestor submitted a letter requesting a title and summary on December 2, 2013.
  • A title and summary were issued by the Attorney General of California's office on January 31, 2014.
  • 807,615 valid signatures were required for qualification purposes.
  • Supporters had until June 30, 2014, to collect and submit the required number of signatures, as petition circulators are given 150 days to circulate petitions.
  • The Secretary of State’s suggested signature filing deadline for the November 4, 2014, ballot was April 18, 2014. This means that if supporters had submitted enough valid signatures by June 30 but after April 18, the measure could have been pushed back as far as the next statewide general election, in November 2016.

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