Aguiar-Curry introduces constitutional amendment during first legislative session

If passed, the constitutional amendment would allow local governments to raise funding for infrastructure projects through a supermajority of voter approval.

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she helped bring $200 million in economic development to the city in the form of various improvement projects, including a gas safety center and the start of construction on a downtown boutique hotel that is expected to open sometime next year. But those initiatives could have been fast-tracked if a constitutional amendment, like the one she’s now introduced, was available at the time. “We may have been able to move more aggressively on downtown redevelopment, for instance, had we had this tool of proposing investments to our residents,” Aguiar-Curry wrote. “In regional government, on the [Sacramento Area Council of Governments] Board, I saw a much greater deficit in local infrastructure funding and significant delays in project delivery.” This constitutional amendment, if passed, would allow smaller cities to take matters into their own hands by raising money through taxes and bond measures through a supermajority of 55 percent voter approval. Currently, voters need to approve such measures with a two-thirds vote. Aguiar-Curry believes lowering the threshold for approval will help speed up funding for critical improvement projects. “Smaller cities and counties should have a reasonable supermajority to work with their people to fund such investments instead of having to wait for them to rise to the top of regional, state or federal priority lists,” Aguiar-Curry told the Express. Aguiar-Curry is the lead author on the amendment initiative. Eight Democratic colleagues in the Assembly have signed on as co-authors. The item was introduced Dec. 3 and is expected to be heard in committee in January.]]>

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  1. Guess they forget the hotel is a private job and privately owned? Why would we need to raises public taxes for the hotel with no parking? A planned failure. Yes, the City did co sign so when the developer fails the tax payers will be on the hook for the costs. Even thoguh they denied being involved when I brought it up. Maybe this is just softening the landing some, as I am convinced this hotel will fail. As for roads, we are bleeding money to the State already. We do not need more money being siphoned off. NO NEW TAXES! Enough is enough either live within your means or don’t do it. And NO amendments.

  2. Guess they forget the hotel is a private job and privately owned? Why would we need to raises public taxes for the hotel with no parking? A planned failure. Yes, the City did co sign so when the developer fails the tax payers will be on the hook for the costs. Even thoguh they denied being involved when I brought it up. Maybe this is just softening the landing some, as I am convinced this hotel will fail. As for roads, we are bleeding money to the State already. We do not need more money being siphoned off. NO NEW TAXES! Enough is enough either live within your means or don’t do it. And NO amendments.

  3. This will make it easer to put more taxes and fees on the citizens of California. dad has enough tax money they need to cut back . Californians are overtaxed and overregulated

  4. This will make it easer to put more taxes and fees on the citizens of California. dad has enough tax money they need to cut back . Californians are overtaxed and overregulated

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