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TRANSPARENCY: Obernolte’s A.B. 195 Expands Proposed Local Tax Requirements

TRANSPARENCY Bill

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte has introduced legislation that would require the ballot statement of any proposed local ordinance that imposes a tax to include specified information about the proposed tax, (File Photo)

By Michael P. Neufeld

OBERNOLTE Revised

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (Contributed Photo)

Sacramento, CA – A bill that would require the ballot statement of any proposed local ordinance that imposes a tax to include specified information about the proposed tax, has been introduced in Sacramento by Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake/33)

Transparency is a vital part of ensuring government accountability. This bill extends transparency to all local initiatives that levy taxes, including those brought forward by local government entities,” Obernolte — who represents the mountain communities — stated in a media release.

Voters should have access to all relevant information in order to make a responsible, informed decision,” Obernolte said.

ASSEMBLY BILL 195

CA Assembly LogoAssembly Bill 195 requires the ballot statement of any local ordinance that would levy or increase a tax to include the total amount it will raise annually, the tax rate, and the duration of the tax.

Obernolte’s bill expands the transparency requirements established two years ago under his Assembly Bill 809, which introduced similar informational requirements for proposed local tax ordinances brought forth by individuals.

A.B. 809 passed both chambers of the Legislature and was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION SPONSORSHIP

H JARVISThe Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the sponsor of both A.B. 195 and A.B. 809, issued the following statement by Legislative Director David Wolfe:

It is absolutely imperative that taxpayers receive all information pertaining to any local tax measure. The provisions in this bill will ensure that this necessary transparency will occur.”

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

A.B. 195 is required to be in print for 30 days before being eligible to be heard in committee, according to information received by ROTWNEWS.com.

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