Election season is almost upon Los Angeles residents. Ballots around the country are taking shape, with local municipalities voting on April 10, and statewide elections taking place in June (for primaries) and again in November, to coincide with the national midterm elections for Congress.
Primary elections are still a ways away, but ballot measures and proposed laws are starting to fill out around Los Angeles County. Although this list of proposals could grow between now and Election Day, here is what will appear on the ballot.
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Culver City will vote on a proposed marijuana cultivation tax. Companies growing pot could be taxed $12 per square foot and marijuana business receipts at no more than 1.5% for testing, 6% for manufacturing and distributing, 8% for medical retail, and 10% for adult use.
Meanwhile, El Segundo will vote to authorize a three-quarter cent sales tax for general funds, while two other cities will make decisions on utilities user taxes. Vernon will vote to authorize a 6 percent tax on electricity, gas, telecommunications, video and water utility services for commercial and industrial customers, with revenue going to the city’s general fund.
Voters in Sierra Madre will vote on Measure D, which would repeal the city’s utility tax, approved by voters in April 2016. However, Measure A, also on the ballot in Sierra Madre, will advise the city council to roll back library, police, and fire safety services if Measure D passes.
Finally, Measure E in Palos Verdes Estates will authorize a parcel tax on eligible properties at the rate of $342 per lot, plus $0.20 per square foot of building improvements to fund the police department for nine years. Measure T in Avalon will levy a dollar tax on passengers arriving to Catalina Island via cruise ship, ferry, or aircraft, with revenue going towards replacement or renovation of the Catalina Island Medical Center, along with administration costs.
Deadlines for ballot initiatives are still in the future for some proposals, but the following measures are all set to be decided on June 5, the date of California’s primary election.
Proposition 68 would authorize $4 billion in bonds for state and local parks, environmental protection projects, water infrastructure projects, and flood protection projects, while Proposition 69 would funnel diesel sales tax and Transportation Improvement Fee revenue towards transportation projects. Proposition 70 would place revenue from California’s cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases in a reserve fund starting in 2024. Furthermore, it would require a one-time two-thirds vote in both chambers of the state legislature to use revenue from from that fund.
If passed, Proposition 71 would move the effective date of ballot propositions from the day after election day to the fifth day after the secretary of state certifies election results. Proposition 72 vote would allow the state legislature to exclude rainwater capture systems added after January 1, 2019, from property tax reassessments.
Prop 68 isn’t the only measure that would issue new bonds. The California Housing Loans, Grants, and Programs and Veterans’ Loans Bond would authorize the same amount of bonds, but that money would go towards housing-related programs, loans, grants, and projects and housing loans for veterans. The vote for that measure is slated for Nov. 6 later this year.