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California Proposition 136, Taxpayers Right-to-Vote Act (1990)
Proposition 136 was supported by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. It would have imposed a variety of limits on state and local taxes in California.
- Abolishes per unit basis for special personal property taxes; requires such taxes based on property value; limits rate of tax to 1% of value.
- Extends 2/3 vote requirement necessary for legislative approval of state general, special taxes to any new, or increase in, such taxes, and to voter approval of special taxes through initiative.
- Requires charter cities to get majority voter approval of new or increased local general taxes.
- Provides temporary exceptions for disaster relief.
- States that conflicting measures on November, 1990 ballot, which impose special taxes with less than 2/3 vote, are invalid.
If Proposition 136 had passed, it would have altered these parts of the California Constitution:
- Section 3 of Article XIII A would have been repealed and replaced with new wording.
- Section 4 of Article XIII A would have been repealed and replaced with new wording.
- A new Section 7 would have been added to Article XIII A.
The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:
- Restricts rate of certain special taxes, could limit future ability of state to raise revenues through such taxes.
- Could limit future passage of initiative statutes proposing approval of special state taxes.
- Prohibits imposition of new, higher general taxes by charter cities without voter approval, thus potentially preventing such cities from increasing revenues.
- Unknown fiscal effect on other local governments.
- Could facilitate local government's enactment of new or higher taxes for disaster relief.
- Hastings California I&R database
- Los Angeles Law Library, 1990 ballot propositions
- November 1990 election results (pages 9-10)