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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
FROM: CITY MANAGER
DATE: SEPTEMBER 7, 2004
SUBJECT: POSITION ON PROPOSITION 1A -- "PROTECTION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT REVENUES"
Consider taking a City position in support of Proposition 1A—Protection of Local Government Revenues.
In accordance with City Council policy, Mayor Peter Gardiner and Mayor Pro Tem Larry Clark requests the Council to consider taking a position in support of Proposition 1A.
After years of state raids on local funds to pay for state programs, and years of effort on the part of local officials to qualify an initiative for the statewide ballot to protect local revenues, the local government coalition reached an historic agreement with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders that will place an alternative measure -- Proposition 1A -- on the November 2nd general election ballot. If approved by the voters, Proposition 1A will enact substantial reforms to restore the local government share of property tax, sales tax and vehicle license fee revenues needed for police, fire and other essential local services.
What Proposition 1A Does:
What Proposition 1A DOES NOT Do:
Proposition 1A Replaces Need for Prop 65.
A coalition of local government officials, including officials with the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, placed Proposition 65 on the ballot earlier this year to stop the State from taking local government funding. However, that was before passage of the historic bipartisan agreement that put Prop 1A on the ballot. Prop 1A is a better, more flexible approach to protecting local services and local tax dollars. That’s why the League of California Cities and the LOCAL coalition are now supporting Proposition 1A and opposing Proposition 65.
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Assistant to the City Manager
Attachment: League of California Cities FAQ’s on Proposition 1A