California Proposition 205, Bonds for County Jails (1996)

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California Proposition 205, also known as the Youthful and Adult Offender Local Facilities Bond Act of 1996, was on the November 5, 1996 general election ballot in California as a legislatively-referred bond act, where it was defeated.

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.

Election results

Proposition 205
Defeatedd No5,606,21459.38%
Yes 3,834,745 40.62%

Text of measure


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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.

Fiscal impact

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
Chamber Ayes Noes
Assembly 61 0
Senate 27 6

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