California Proposition 136, Taxpayers Right-to-Vote Act (1990)

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California Proposition 136, or the Taxpayers Right-to-Vote Act, was on the November 6, 1990 ballot in California as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

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.

Election results

Proposition 136
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No3,744,62052.12%
Yes 3,439,621 47.88%

Ballot summary

  • 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.

Constitutional changes

If Proposition 136 had passed, it would have altered these parts of the California Constitution:

Fiscal impact

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.

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