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State of California March 7, 2000 Election
Proposition 26
School Facilities. Local Majority Vote. Bonds, Taxes

Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute

3,499,678 / 48.8% Yes votes ...... 3,676,062 / 51.2% No votes

See Also: Index of all Propositions

Information shown below: Summary | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
Authorizes local voter approval by majority vote, not current two-thirds, for school construction and improvement bonds and property taxes in excess of 1% to pay bonds. Fiscal Impact: Local school costs-- potentially in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually statewide within a decade-- depending on results of voter action on future local school bond issues. Potential state savings in the longer run.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
Local school bonds could be approved by a majority vote, rather than a two-thirds vote.

A NO vote of this measure means:
Local school bonds would continue to require approval by a two-thirds vote.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 26:
Proposition 26 makes it easier for communities to raise local school bond money to invest in their kids' schools and help reduce class size. It also guarantees that taxpayers will know exactly how their money will be spent before they vote, and requires two annual audits for all projects.

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 26:
Proposition 26 means higher property taxes. It destroys the 120-year old constitutional protection requiring a two-thirds vote to approve local bonds which only property owners repay. Proposition 26 requires no improvement in student performance and requires no citizen oversight of bond spending. Vote No on Proposition 26.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 26:
Gale Kaufman
Let's Fix Our Schools Committee-- Yes on Prop. 26
1510 J Street, Suite 115
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 554-0324

Contact AGAINST Proposition 26:
Jon Coupal
Don't Double Your Property Taxes, Vote No on Proposition 26
921 11th Street, Suite 1201
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-9959

  Official Information

Secretary of State

Nonpartisan Information

Easy Reading Voter Guide

EdSource League of Women Voters California Voter Foundation Secretary of State News and Analysis

Los Angeles Times

Palm Springs Desert Sun Torrance Daily Breeze U.S.A. Today Sacramento Bee
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