California Senate Constitutional Amendment 5, Reduce Threshold to Approve Parcel Taxes (2012)

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Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 was a contender for, but ultimately did not appear on, the 2012 ballot in California as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.[1]

If it had been placed on the ballot and approved by the state's voters, SCA 5 would have lowered the threshold required to enact a local school parcel tax from a 2/3rds supermajority vote to a 55 percent supermajority vote.

SCA 5 was sponsored by Joe Simitian. He proposed similar amendments in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.[1]

SCA 5 was supported by the California Teachers Association. They said, "SCA 5 could enhance the ability of funding resources and mitigate the impact of the horrific cuts schools have taken these past several years."[1]

The California Taxpayers Association opposed SCA 5. They said, "Taxes should be based on an individual's ability to pay the tax. Parcel taxes are specific dollar amounts levied on every property in a given taxing district without regard to a taxpayer's income...When differing factions of the population dispute the virtues of taxation, a two-thirds vote ensures that direct democracy unites the populace, rather than creating animosity."[1]

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