San Francisco Budget Set-Asides and Replacement Funds, Proposition S (November 2008)

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A San Francisco Budget Set-Asides and Identification of Replacement Funds, Proposition S ballot question was on the November 4, 2008 ballot in San Francisco, where it was approved.

Proposition S made it a city policy that local ballot measures authorizing new set-asides or spending mandates must identify a new source of funding.

It also made it city policy that the voters cannot approve a new set-aside with a cost-of-living adjustment or other annual increase of more than 2%. Additionally, according to the terms of Proposition S, any new or extended set-aside proposed in a local ballot measure must automatically expire 10 years after it goes into effect.

Election results

Proposition S
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 167,974 55.56%
No133,81744.34%
These final, certified, results are from the San Francisco elections office.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Proposition S: "Shall it be City policy that the voters will not approve any new set-aside of City revenue unless the set-aside identifies a new funding source, includes limits on annual increases, and automatically expires after 10 years?"[1]

Path to the ballot

Then-mayor Gavin Newsom requested that Proposition S appear on the ballot as a referred ordinance. San Francisco's election laws allow the mayor of the city to unilaterally place referred ordinances on the ballot.

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