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Californians To Decide Record-High 650 Local Ballot Measures This November

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio News / File
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio News / File

When California voters open up their November election ballots, they won't just see 17 statewide propositions. There are a record 650 local ballot measures -- including 425 tax and bond measures that seek to raise or extend local revenues.

Michael Coleman tracks local ballot measures on behalf of the League of California Cities. He says some of the statewide measures are driving all this local action -- especially, the initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana use in California.

"There are some 34 local measures -- some of them initiatives, some of them put on by city councils, to establish marijuana taxation systems," explains Coleman. "Plus another several dozen that just do regulatory activities."

Coleman says the statewide school bond has also spawned local measures. School districts are pushing 184 different bond measures -- worth $25 billion -- in hopes of improving their chances of winning state matching funds if Proposition 51 is approved.

All told, the proposed bond measures would bring in $32 billion. The local tax increases or extensions would raise an estimated $3 billion a year.

 

Study: Local Tax and Bond Measures in California November 2016

Or, here's a list compiled by the California Taxpayers Association.