Voters Approved 173 of 260 Local Tax Increases, With 53 Still Too Close to Call

The people of California have decided by a wide margin statewide, they love taxes and hate to spend their own money.  In fact voters believe they are so ignorant about money, they are shoveling it to government to spend.

“The local measures include:

 79 sales tax increases (53 approved, 9 rejected, 17 too close to call).

  • 43 parcel taxes (23 approved, 13 rejected, 7 too close to call).
  • 60 school bonds, which are repaid via property tax increases in the districts that approve the bond debt (40 approved, totaling $11.2 billion in new debt; 4 rejected; and 16 too close to call, with 8 of the close measures leading, totaling $937.7 million).”

At least we defeated Prop. 15—even if we approved Prop. 19 a $2.5 billion a year transfer of money from small businesses and small farms to government. Oh, and the purpose of Prop. 19 was to kill off small farms—so only the big agriculture corporations could be in the business.  California, the land of voter created Depressions.

Voters Approved 173 of 260 Local Tax Increases, With 53 Still Too Close to Call

 CalTax,  11/5/20 

Voters approved at least 173 of the 260 local tax increases and local bond measures on the ballot November 3, representing more than $1.1 billion in annual tax increases and $11.7 billion in bond debt that will be repaid via property tax increases, the California Taxpayers Association reported today.

Based on preliminary results from elections officials, 34 local tax and bond measures were rejected, and the remaining 53 are within 3.5 percent of the threshold for passage and are too close to call with votes still being counted.

In addition to the 260 measures that would increase taxes, there were two local tax reduction measures on this week’s ballot – one was rejected, and the other is trailing in the preliminary count.

“These tax increases will add significantly to the cost of living in California, and will make it harder for families and businesses that are struggling through the pandemic,” CalTax President Robert Gutierrez said. “Taxpayers should keep a close eye on how the money is spent, to hold local officials accountable for every penny and every promise made by the proponents of the tax hikes.”

In addition to the local taxes, voters weighed in on statewide initiative proposing a massive property tax increase – Proposition 15, which is trailing in preliminary vote-counting but remains too close to call.

The local measures include:

 79 sales tax increases (53 approved, 9 rejected, 17 too close to call).

  • 43 parcel taxes (23 approved, 13 rejected, 7 too close to call).
  • 60 school bonds, which are repaid via property tax increases in the districts that approve the bond debt (40 approved, totaling $11.2 billion in new debt; 4 rejected; and 16 too close to call, with 8 of the close measures leading, totaling $937.7 million).

 The high passage rate is partly due to the fact that the local officials who placed the taxes on the ballot were allowed to write the ballot language, and many abused this authority by using poll-tested language designed to encourage a “yes” vote. Additionally, many school districts and local governments used campaign-style mailers, websites and social media messages to encourage support for taxes, despite a recent Fair Political Practices Commission settlement that determined this practice violates state law.

Voters decided fewer measures in this election than in the November 2016 presidential election, when 432 local tax and bond measures were on the ballot. Of those, 359 were approved (an 83 percent passage rate).

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Comments

  1. This is why voters should be tested before they vote ( if indeed the voters were responsible for this “too close to call BS ) Its hard to believe someone would cut their own throat unless the reason for the tax was to give themselves a pay increase, then it would be warranted.

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