Senate Committee Approves Assemblymember Dababneh’s Bill to Improve Ballot Information for Voters
SACRAMENTO — Assembly Bill (AB) 1194, authored by Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D – Woodland Hills), was approved today by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee with unanimous support. This legislation will increase transparency for voters by providing more information about how local bond measures could affect their property tax bills.
“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. “My bill provides voters with more details including the average annual tax rate increase of the bond measure, which is more helpful for voters to estimate the impact on their property taxes so they can make informed decisions.”
“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.”
This legislation is also supported by the California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors, and the California Taxpayers Association.
AB 1194 now heads to the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee for further consideration.