California Proposition 180, Bonds to Acquire Park Lands (1994)

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California Proposition 180 was on the June 7, 1994 primary election ballot in California as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated.

Proposition 180 would have authorized an approximately $2 billion bond issue for the acquisition and development of parks, historic sites and recreational facilities. The bond would have been re-paid from the state's general fund.

Election results

Proposition 180
Defeatedd No2,548,64256.7%
Yes 1,944,530 43.3%

Text of measure

Proposition 180 1994.PNG

The ballot title read:


The ballot summary was:

  • Authorizes a bond issue of almost $2 billion ($2,000,000,000) for the acquisition, development, restoration and conservation of park lands, historic sites, wildlife areas and forests throughout California, to be repaid from the state General Fund.
  • Funds for parks and recreational facilities are included.
  • Specifies the lands for acquisition, development, or restoration in detail.
  • Designates state agencies to administer the funds with a portion available for grants to local agencies and non-profit organizations for specifically named projects.

The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:

  • Adoption of this measure would result in state costs of about $3.6 billion to pay off both the principal ($2 billion) and interest ($1.6 billion) on general obligation bonds over 25 years.
  • Unknown state administrative costs, potentially in the millions of dollars, to carry out the measure's projects and grant programs.
  • State and local government costs, potentially tens of millions of dollars annually, to operate and maintain properties acquired or improved under the measure. Costs partially offset by revenues

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