Grassroots Action Center

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REVENUE FINANCES AND TAXATION

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Property Tax Restoration and New Increment Financing Tools Governor Brown’s budget proposal, released January 7, anticipates special districts will receive $203 million in property tax restoration in 2015-16 and 2016-17 from the continued winddown of redevelopment agencies (RDAs). This money is…

GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

How Much Are Audits Costing Our Members? CSDA is currently working with the Legislature in an effort to identify ways to reduce the costs of audit compliance for special districts. We have heard from some of our smaller districts that conducting the audits required by law can cost up to 50 percent…

HUMAN RESOURCES AND PERSONNEL

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mandatory Union Orientations for All New Employees This year the Legislature will consider mandating public agencies provide union orientation for new public-sector employees. CSDA needs to hear from your district on this issue. Your district should have received a survey that will inform CSDA on…

INFRASTRUCTURE INNOVATION AND INVESTMENT

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Retention of Proceeds If your agency has conducted one or more public works project within the last eight years, we want to hear from you, please e-mail jimmym@csda.net to let us know. SB 293 (Padilla) of 2011 capped fund retention on public works projects at five percent. Previous law required retention…

Water Consolidation (Infrastructure, Innovation, and Investment)

Friday, January 15, 2016

Water Consolidation In 2015 Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 88, which grants the State Water Resources Control Board unprecedented power to force the consolidation of water systems.   CSDA worked to oppose SB 88 and achieved improvements to the bill language first unveiled as Budget…