Assemblymember Dababneh’s Bill to Increase Voter Awareness of Local Tax Measures Passes the State Assembly

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Measure prompted by taxpayer advocates heads to State Senate.

SACRAMENTO — Assembly Bill (AB) 1194, introduced by Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D – Woodland Hills), has passed the California Assembly with strong, bipartisan support. This legislation will increase transparency for voters regarding the effects that local bond measures may have on their property taxes.

“Currently, voters are mailed a ‘tax rate statement,’ which discloses the best estimate of the highest tax rate for voters, as well as the best estimate of total debt service,” stated Assemblymember Dababneh. “While this information is helpful, it fails to clearly inform taxpayers just how much their individual property taxes might increase if the local bond measure should pass. My bill provides more disclosure so that taxpayers can make educated decisions before voting.”

"Voters should have access to as much information as possible before making decisions regarding bond debt on their property tax bills that will be in place for decades,” said David Wolfe, Legislative Director, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “This is especially true because, while all voters get to vote for these bonds, only property owners will pay them in the form of higher taxes."

AB 1194 will require voter information guides to include helpful information for voters to easily calculate the implications that certain measures could have on their property taxes. These guides should include the best estimate of the average annual tax rate increase, and the last year when this is expected to be paid.

This legislation is also supported by the California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors, and the California Taxpayers Association.

AB 1194 will now be considered by the California State Senate.

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