California Proposition 205, Bonds for County Jails (1996)
Proposition 205, if it had been approved, would have authorized the State of California to sell $700 million in general obligation bonds for county juvenile and adult detention facilities.
Text of measure
The official ballot summary that appeared on the ballot said:
- This act provides for a bond issue of seven hundred million dollars ($700,000,000) to provide funds for construction, renovation, remodeling, and replacement of local juvenile and adult correctional facilities. Appropriates money from state General Fund to pay off bonds.
The California Legislative Analyst's Office provided an estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact for Proposition 205. That estimate was:
- General Fund costs of about $1.25 billion to pay off both the principal ($700 million) and interest ($550 million) on the bonds.
- The average payment for principal and interest would be about $50 million per year. Counties would incur unknown increased costs, potentially millions of dollars annually, to operate additional facilities constructed with these bond funds.
Path to the ballot
The California State Legislature voted to put Proposition 205 on the ballot via AB 3116.
|Votes in legislature to refer to ballot|
- Official Voter Guide to Proposition 205
- Full text of Proposition 205
- November 5, 1996 California election results (dead link) (PDF)
- PDF of the paper version of the November 5, 1996 Ballot Propositions Voter Guide
- League of Women Voters analysis