The Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act, which would change the state and local government rules for imposing taxes, fees, and other charges, has qualified for the November 2024 ballot, Secretary of State Shirley Weber announced February 1.
Among other things, Initiative 21-0042A1 would expand the definition of “tax,” require voter approval for state and local taxes (with the same vote thresholds regardless of whether the measures were proposed by governmental bodies or via local initiatives), and require state and local tax measures to identify the type, rate, and duration of every proposed tax.
The initiative is supported by the California Business Roundtable, the California Business Properties Association, and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, and has been endorsed by the California Chamber of Commerce.
“The Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act will empower California voters with the right to vote on all future taxes, which will let them take direct control over the cost-of-living crisis affecting working families throughout the state,” California Business Roundtable President Rob Lapsley said. “Our measure gives voters the accountability they deserve for their state and local taxes, ensuring politicians are transparent in how new and future tax dollars will be spent.”
Opponents include several cities, counties, and associations representing local governments.