Attorney General No.
Secretary of State No.
SALES TAX. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Under current statutes the state retail sales tax rate (excluding local sales taxes) is 4 3/4 percent. This measure fixes that rate as the maximum and provides that it shall be reduced by 1/4 percent for each $520 million in the State General Fund in excess of the amount needed to cover current lawful state expenses as determined by the Director of Finance each month. Funding of up to $100 million in a contingency reserve is considered lawful expenses. Rate reduction applicable until General Fund receipts insufficient to satisfy state expenditures. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: No estimate of the measure's fiscal impact can be made. The measure's wording is not sufficiently clear on how excess monies are to be calculated. While certain interpretations could result in a reduction in revenues, other interpretations could result in no fiscal impact at all. If rate reductions are triggered, potentially unknown costs would be incurred in implementing such changes.
Francis X. Hoffman Attorney At Law, 727 South Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, California 92805 (714) 774-7333
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Sales Tax. California Initiative 387 (1986).