Local ballot measures, California

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Half-year summary and analysis of local measures

See also: Local California ballot measures recap, January - June (2014)

Ballotpedia releases a half-year and end-of-year report on local ballot measures in California, which form an essential aspect of California politics. Every year hundreds of important decisions are made directly by local voters impacting a wide range of issues. The January-June report breaks down and analyses the approval rate of ballot measures that have been decided in the first six months of 2014, including the June 3, 2014 primary election, which featured a vast majority of the measures seen so far. As July 1, 2014, a total of 161 ballot measures have appeared on local ballots on six election dates. Of the total 128 were approved and 33 were defeated.

According to state law, local taxes and bonds must be authorized by voters. This means that hundreds of millions of dollars in public revenue and spending are decided every year through local ballot measures. The 2014 half-year report, the most notable measures have related to property use and development, with decisions concerning some of the most valuable real estate on the west coast being decided by the average citizen.

Read the full report here

School bond and tax votes

See also: School bond elections in California

California school bond elections are local ballot measures that ask voters to decide on whether the school district that is sponsoring the measure should be allowed to issue bonds, and incur the additional indebtedness that bonds bring with them. All public school district in California are entitled to bond issues on the local ballot. California also has a statewide school building program known as the School Facilities Grant Program which is supported by statewide bond measures such as Proposition 1D in 2006. Statewide bond measures require a simple majority to pass. Local school districts can also issue school construction bonds and levy property taxes to pay for them, as long as the voters in the district approve.


Parcel tax elections

See also: Parcel tax elections in California

Parcel tax elections are held when a taxing district in California wants to raise revenues through imposing an additional tax called a parcel tax. The taxes are a form of property tax, which must be paid by the owners of parcels of real estate. However, unlike standard property taxes, which are based on the value of the property, a parcel tax is an assessment based on the characteristics of the parcel. School districts have created assessments that range from flat amounts per parcel to assessments based on parcel lot square footage or building square foot. Some school districts have assessed residential parcels using one method and non-residential using another method.


City ballot litigation

See also: California city ballot litigation
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