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Initiative to Limit Ability of Voters and Local Governments Faces April 29 Deadline

By Vanessa Gonzales posted 04-11-2022 02:47 PM

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The purported “Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act,” a statewide initiative measure to amend the California Constitution sponsored by the California Business Roundtable (“CBRT”), faces a recommended April 29 deadline to submit 997,139 valid signatures from California voters. The initiative is officially titled: 

Initiative #21-0042A1:
Limits Ability of Voters and State and Local Governments to Raise Revenues for Government Services. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.


Initiative #21-0042A1 is the most consequential proposal to limit the ability of the state and local governments to enact, modify, or expand taxes, assessments, fees, and property-related charges since the passage of Proposition 218 (1996) and Proposition 26 (2010). If enacted, public agencies would face a drastic rise in litigation that could severely restrict their ability to meet essential services and infrastructure needs.

CSDA has joined a coalition of local government leaders in adopting an Oppose position on Initiative #21-0042A1 and encourages all special districts, partners, and community leaders to join the coalition by passing a board resolution. Thus far, more than 80 local agencies and other organizations, including CalCities and the California State Association of Counties have formally registered opposition to the proposal.

Approve a District Resolution in Opposition to Initiative #21-0042A1

Visit to download a Sample Resolution and other resources, including CSDA’s analysis, an opposition coalition press release, full initiative language and more.

Once approved, please email your district’s resolution to and consider issuing a press release to local media. Individuals may also register their opposition with the growing coalition by emailing their name, title, and organization.


The growing coalition in opposition to Initiative 21-0042A1 recently reported that the California State Association of Counties has joined CalCities and CSDA in formal opposition, uniting all three types of local government against the measure.


Individual Local Governments with registered opposition include: • Agoura Hills • Albany • Angels Camp • Artesia • Azusa • Beaumont • Bell Gardens • Blue Lake • Brisbane • Buena Park • Burbank • Carson • Chowchilla • Colton • Corte Madera • Cypress • Desert Recreation and Park District • Dinuba • Downey • Dunsmuir • El Cerrito • Fairfield • Fowler • Glendora • Gustine • Highland • Hughson • Indio • Kerman • King City • La Palma • Lafayette • Lakeport • Lakewood • Larkspur • Lathrop • Lomita • Madera • Manteca • Marina • Mill Valley • Montebello • Monterey Park • Monterey • Moorpark • Needles • Newman • Norco • North County Fire Protection District • Novato • Oakdale • Palm Desert • Paramount • Pismo Beach • Placentia • Placerville • Rancho Cucamonga • Redlands • Riverbank • Rolling Hills Estates • Rosamond Community Services District • Salinas • San Jose • San Juan Bautista • San Leandro • San Pablo • San Rafael • Sebastopol • Selma • Signal Hill • South Gate • Sunnyvale • Torrance • Town of Discovery Bay Community Services District • Tracy • Tulelake • Ukiah • Vallejo • Ventura • Victorville • West Hollywood • Williams • Woodlake • Yountville • Yuba City.