Proposition Summary

Protection of Local Government Revenues • Protects local funding for public safety, health, libraries, parks, and other locally delivered services. • Prohibits the State from reducing local governments’ property tax proceeds. • Allows the provisions to be suspended only if the Governor declares a fiscal necessity and two-thirds of the Legislature approve the suspension. Suspended funds must be repaid within three years. • Also requires local sales tax revenues to remain with local government and be spent for local purposes. • Requires the State to fund legislative mandates on local governments or suspend their operation. Summary of Legislative Analyst’s Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: • Significant changes to state authority over local finances. Higher local government revenues than otherwise would have been the case, possibly in the billions of dollars annually over time. Any such local revenue impacts would result in decreased resources to the state of similar amounts.

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Legislative Vote Results

Final Votes Cast by the Legislature on SCA 4 (Proposition 1A) -- Assembly: Ayes 64 Noes 13 -- Senate: Ayes 34 Noes 5 --

Popular Vote Results

Y:9411198; A:83.7; N:1840002; B:16.3; Abst:1338483; C:10.63

Election Type

General Election

Proposition Type

senate constitutional amendment

For Author

GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER; CHIEF MICHAEL WARREN, President California Fire Chiefs Association; SHERIFF ROBERT T. DOYLE, President California State Sheriffs' Association

Against Author

CAROLE MIGDEN, Chairwoman State Board of Equalization

Rebuttal Author

CAROLE MIGDEN, Chairwoman State Board of Equalization

Rebuttal Against Author

SENATOR TOM TORLAKSON, Chair Senate Committee on Local Government; LOU PAULSON, President California Professional Firefighters; CAM SANCHEZ, President California Police Chiefs Association