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Proposition 218

Background on Proposition 218

Proposition 218 came to the rescue of Proposition 13.  Read more >>

Filed Under: Proposition 218

Closing the Assessment Loophole in Proposition 13

Proposition 13 could be rendered meaningless if Proposition 218 fails at the polls.

Consider: Proposition 13 is a law designed chiefly to protect property taxpayers. It put limits on how high and how fast property taxes can climb and requires a vote of the people on new local taxes. After Prop 13's success, bureaucrats looked for ways to raise revenues while avoiding Prop 13's restrictions. They hit upon assessment districts, which were historically used to fund capital improvements that directly benefited property.  Read more >>

Text of Proposition 218 with Analysis

Right To Vote On Taxes Act

Statement of Drafters' Intent

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, January 1997

SECTION 1. TITLE. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Right to Vote on Taxes Act."  Read more >>

Water Rates Under Proposition 218

The September 1997 issue of Debt Line reported on an Attorney General opinion which concluded that water service was not "property
related" for purposes of Article XIIID of the California Constitution (Proposition 218). Such an interpretation, if adopted by the courts, would permit local governments to impose water rates in a manner that deviates from the important "costs of service" requirements mandated by the new law, as well as depriving California taxpayers of significant procedural protections.  Read more >>

Filed Under: Proposition 218