Official ballot labels for June 8 propositions released

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February 24, 2010

CALIFORNIA: On February 23, the California Secretary of State's office released the official ballot labels for the five ballot propositions on the June 8, 2010 ballot.[1]

Ballot labels include a ballot title, ballot summary and a fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office.

All the information released on February 23 is subject to court-ordered changes through March 15.

California voters are often accused of over-indulgence in ballot-box budgeting, but the fiscal impact estimates for the five June measures taken together apparently give fiscal hawks little to fear:

  • Proposition 13: "Minor reduction in local property tax revenues related to the assessment of earthquake upgrades."
  • Proposition 14: "No significant net change in state and local government costs to administer elections."
  • Proposition 15: "Increased revenues (mostly from charges related to lobbyists) totaling over $6 million every four years. These funds would be spent on public financing for campaigns of Secretary of State candidates for the 2014 and 2018 elections."
  • Proposition 16: "Unknown net impact on state and local government costs and revenues—unlikely to be significant in the short run—due to the measure’s uncertain effects on public electricity providers and on electricity rates."
  • Proposition 17: "This measure would probably have no significant fiscal effect on state and local governments."
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 13 Taxes Seismic retrofitting should not add to property's tax assessed value Approveda
LRCA Proposition 14 Elections Top two primary vote getters move to general regardless of party affiliation Approveda
LRSS Proposition 15 Elections Public funding of politician's campaigns Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 16 Elections New two-thirds vote requirement for local public electricity providers Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 17 Regulation Discount for those who have had continuous auto insurance coverage Defeatedd