City, counties express relief over Prop. 1A |

City, counties express relief over Prop. 1A

Susan Wood

Proposition 1A, a California measure aimed at protecting local revenues, passed in California with flying colors – relieving city and county government advocates frustrated by years of state takeaways.

In El Dorado County, the initiative passed with an overwhelming 83.9 percent.

“Our polling was strong – but not that strong,” League of California Cities spokeswoman Megan Taylor said Wednesday from her Sacramento office.

She attributes the strong showing to how well the measure was written. It also received broad support.

The only opposition came from California Board of Equalization Chairwoman Carole Migden, who declined to comment on her written response in voter guides.

Like South Lake Tahoe City Manager Dave Jinkens, Taylor viewed the change in the state Constitution – which requires a fiscal emergency before local government money can be used – as part of a greater fiscal reform.

“The League was really interested in that once we protected local revenues. We’re now in a better position to do so,” Taylor said. “We’re happy about the outcome.”

South Lake Tahoe government leaders have figured the city has lost $5 million in the last 10 years from money relinquished by the state.

The state pledges to fund local governments in collected money from vehicle license fees and property taxes.

The League put out a $1 million advertising campaign to get out the vote on the measure. The campaign included television ads.

“I think the education was a key component,” Councilwoman Kathay Lovell said.

– Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at

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