California Proposition 30, Bonds for Senior Centers (1984)

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California Proposition 30, or the Senior Center Bond Act of 1984, was on the November 6, 1984 statewide general election ballot in California as a legislatively-referred bond act, where it was approved.
  • Yes: 5,903,868 (66.7%) Approveda
  • No: 2,940,911 (33.3%)

Proposition 30 provided $50 million to provide funds for senior centers.

Fiscal impact

The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:

1. Cost of Paying Off the Bonds

The bonds authorized by this measure probably would be paid off over a period of up to 20 years. The principal portion of these repayments would average $2.5 million per year. In addition, the state would have to pay interest on the borrowed funds. We estimate that if the bonds were sold at an interest rate of 10 percent, the annual cost of these interest payments would average approximately $2.6 million.

The source of funds that would be used to make both principal and interest payments is the state's General Fund.

2. Other Fiscal Effects

Increased Borrowing Costs. Generally, an increase in the amount borrowed by the state tends to raise the rate of interest on borrowed funds. Consequently, the state and local governments could incur higher costs under other bond programs as a result of this measure. The size of any such costs cannot be estimated.

Revenue Loss. The interest paid by the state on these bonds would be exempt from the state personal income tax. Therefore, to the extent that the bonds are purchased by California taxpayers in lieu of taxable investments, the state would collect less income tax revenue. It is not possible to estimate what this revenue loss would be.

Administrative Costs. The Department of Aging advises that it would incur increased administrative costs to (a) review proposals submitted by area agencies and to select the individual centers that would receive the bond funds and (b) conduct program and fiscal audits of the centers to ensure that the funds are spent in accordance with this measure and with existing state and federal law. The magnitude of these additional costs cannot be estimated at this time.

Operating and Maintenance Costs. To the extent that local agencies are awarded funds authorized by this measure, these agencies may incur costs to operate and maintain new or expanded senior centers.

Path to the ballot

The California State Legislature voted to put Proposition 30 on the ballot via Senate Bill 1359 (Statutes of 1984, Ch. 575) .

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