CASH Call to Action: Tell the Governor to Sign SB 268
We need your help to urge Governor Newsom to sign SB 268 (Wiener). SB 268 addresses the issues created by AB 195 (Obernolte, 2017), which requires local bonds and other tax measures to include problematic information on the ballot label.
We are asking our CASH members, including school districts and associates, to send a letter to the Governor requesting his signature on SB 268. The bill was passed by the Legislature on Friday, September 13, and the Governor has until October 13 to sign or veto the bill.
Time is of the essence; please submit your letters as soon as possible!
Click here for a template letter.
Email your letter to the following individuals:
- Senator Wiener’s Office: Brayden Borcherding –Brayden.Borcherding@sen.ca.gov
- Governor’s Office:
Background on SB 268
CASH is part of a large coalition of public agencies, labor, non-profits, and other organizations supporting SB 268. AB 195 required local bonds and other tax measures to state the rate, duration, and amount anticipated to be raised annually on the ballot label. It is very challenging to accurately provide this information for bonds, because these factors fluctuate annually. Placing this information on the ballot label creates voter confusion and ultimately makes it more difficult for schools and other local agencies to bring local bonds and other tax measures before voters.
SB 268 provides a new option for local bonds and “tiered taxes” (i.e. tax measures with more than one rate, which is not an option available to schools) to provide important information to voters. Initial polling suggests that this new option will improve some of the effects of AB 195. In lieu of following the requirements of AB 195, such measures could include the statement “See Voter Guide for tax rate information” on the 75-word ballot label, pointing voters to the tax rate statement for detailed cost information. SB 268 also creates additional financial disclosures in the tax rate statement in the Voter Information Guide, including:
- A plain language description of any mechanism that would cause the tax rate to vary over time.
- A list of all tax rates that apply and how they will be imposed.
- The duration of the tax and when it expires.
- The best estimate from official sources of the average annual dollar amount to be collected over the first ten years following the initial levy.
Thank you for your help!