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Effort to Limit Revenues for Local Government Services Set Back to 2024

By Vanessa Gonzales posted 05-16-2022 09:47 PM

Proponents of Initiative #21-0042A1, which would limit revenues for local government services, have announced they will not meet the deadline to qualify for the November 2022 ballot but will continue pursuing qualification for the November 2024 election. To qualify for the 2024 statewide ballot, proponents must submit 997,139 valid signatures by August 2, 2022.

Sponsored by the California Business Roundtable, Initiative #21-0042A1 would adopt new and stricter rules for raising taxes, fees, assessments, and property-related fees. The initiative seeks to amend the State Constitution, including portions of Propositions 13, 218, and 26 among other provisions, to the advantage of the initiative’s proponents and plaintiffs. If enacted, public agencies would face a drastic rise in litigation that could severely restrict their ability to meet essential services and infrastructure needs.


Dubbed the “Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act” by its proponents, Initiative #21-0042A1 is formally titled: “Limits Ability of Voters and State and Local Governments to Raise Revenues for Governments Services.” Thus far, proponents have raised over $10 million and spent over $8 million to qualify the initiative. They claimed to have reached 25 percent of signatures required on March 16, 2022.


On January 21, 2022, CSDA’s Board of Directors adopted an Oppose position on Initiative 21-0042A1 and has called on all special districts to join the growing coalition of community leaders in opposition to the proposal. Thus far, over 100 local governments, labor and public safety leaders, and infrastructure advocates have formally opposed the initiative, including over 25 special districts.


To learn more about Initiative 21-0042A1 and download a sample opposition resolution that your special district can adopt, please visit