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== External links ==
== External links ==
* [http://vote96.sos.ca.gov/Vote96/html/BP/218.htm Official Voter Guide to Proposition 218]
* [http://vote96.sos.ca.gov/Vote96/html/BP/218text.htm Full text of Proposition 218]
* [http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/1996_general/sov_nov96.pdf November 1996 California election results] (PDF)
* [http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/1996_general/sov_nov96.pdf November 1996 California election results] (PDF)
* [http://www.publiclawnews.com/public_law_news/2006/07/california_supr_1.html Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency v. Verjil]
* [http://www.publiclawnews.com/public_law_news/2006/07/california_supr_1.html Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency v. Verjil]

Revision as of 07:32, 14 March 2009

Proposition 218 was on the November 5, 1996 general election ballot in California. It altered local government finance.

Prop 218 amended the California Constitution (Articles XIIIC and XIIID) which, as it relates to assessments, requires the local government to have a vote of the affected property owners for any proposed new or increased assessment before it could be levied. The Proposition was passed by California voters on November 5, 1996, and the assessments portion placed in effect on July 1, 1997.

In the past, the cities were not required to obtain ballot approval from the property owners before levying street lighting assessments; only council approval was required, even if there were significant protests.

Election results

California Proposition 218 (1996)
15px-600px-Yes check.png Yes 56.5%
No 43.5%
Total votes 100%

Text of the proposal

The language that appeared on the ballot:

- Limits authority of local governments to impose taxes and property-related assessments, fees, and charges. Requires majority of voters approve increases in general taxes and reiterates that two-thirds must approve special tax. - Assessments, fees, and charges must be submitted to property owners for approval or rejection, after notice and public hearing. - Assessments are limited to the special benefit conferred. - Fees and charges are limited to the cost of providing the service and may not be imposed for general governmental services available to the public.

Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: - Short-term local government revenue losses of more than $100 million annually. - Long-term local government revenue losses of potentially hundreds of millions of dollars annually. - Local government revenue losses generally would result in comparable reductions in spending for local public services.


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