calmatters – excerpt
California voters have seen a deluge of local government tax and bond measures in recent elections and will face even more this year.
The California Taxpayers Association has counted 231 local sales and parcel tax increases and bond issues (which automatically increase property taxes if approved) on the March 3 primary ballot alone.
Hundreds more are headed for the November ballot as local officials capitalize on the higher voter turnouts of a presidential election year…
Do cities, counties and school districts really need all of the new taxes they want voters to approve, given the strong increases in revenues from existing taxes they’ve enjoyed during nearly a decade-long economic boom?…(more)