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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, July 11, 2018 9A mpac measure local agencies Stacy Fisher (two-thirds) approval of both Staff Writer the elected governing body and voters, along with other prohibitions and Chester General Manager complications. Frank Motzkus alerted the For example, Proposition Chester Public Utility 218 currently requires fees District board of directors at cover the reasonable cost of its regular board meeting services. The new June 19 to a proposed ballot initiative amends current initiative that if passed, law to the impossible would mean drastic standard of predicting restrictions in the way the actual costs years into the district could vote to raise future, according to CSDA. fees and/or property taxes Additionally, although the for critical district initiative requires that all operations, increases in fees must be The Tax Fairness, "reasonable," it provides no Transparency and definition as to what Accountability Act is reasonable means. expected to appear on the Therefore, the initiative ballot for a vote in the Nov. 6 provides a new avenue to general election cycle, challenge fees by enabling a "I received information on plaintiff to claim a fee is not this measure from the reasonable even if the fee California Special District's meets the actual costs of Association (CSDA)," service. Motzkus told the board, CSDA predicts the adding that, "If this were to proposed ballot initiative pass, it would basically take amends the State away the district's right to Constitution in a manner raise local taxes." that conflicts with itself and Motzkus read from the will lead to costly lawsuits. CSDA newsletter that the Only years of litigation at initiative's impact "could taxpayer expense will prevent any new fees or ultimately resolve the assessments to fund water, conflicting language should sewer, trash, fire protection, the initiative pass. parks and recreation, and Motzkus continued, "With other essential services and billions of dollars in needed infrastructure." deferred maintenance and Furthermore, the ballot unmet needs for California's initiative (#17-0050) could, infrastructure, (the ballot "Jeopardize the public proposal) exacerbates the health and safety of neglect and deterioration of communities by cutting off our roads, dams,-waterways new revenue intended to pay and other facilities." for crucial local services," He told the board, "This is he argued, a ballot measure that is The CSDA further stated dangerous to us as a district, in its newsletter that the because we would not be ballot initiative restricts the able to raise fees to cover ability of local communities fire, water and sewer and the state of California to without going to a special fund services and election requiring approval infrastructure without by a two-thirds majority obtaining a supermajority vote; requiring fee change approval from three of five board members, to four of five board members." Proponents of the proposed measure are Robert Lapsley of the California Business Roundtable, with major funding from the soda and alcohol industries, including the Wine Institute, American Beverage Association and Anheuser-Busch Companies. Proponents have established a campaign website at: yestaxpayer Organizations opposed include the California Special Districts Association, California State Association of Counties, League of California Cities, Americ#n Heart Association, California Professional F refighters, California Police Chiefs Association, Police Officers Research Association of California, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and the SEIU California State Council. Opponents have established a campaign website at: ProtectOurCommunitiesCA. com. Motzkus asked the board to look over the details listed in the document, and if they agreed that the tax initiative shouldn't pass for local governments, to let him know at the next regular board meeting July 17 and he has a boilerplate resolution that the directors could fill out that would then be sent to CSDA, which would present the resolution on behalf of the district's opposition to the proposed bill. 2018 Silver Buckle Rodeo Queen Greenville High School student Rylie Botts, 17, an eight-year member of the Indian Valley Riding and Roping Club, is this year's Silver Buckle Rodeo Queen. 'Tve always loved how passionate and dedicated the rodeo queen was to their club and I wanted to be able to encourage young women and children to represent what they are proud of," said Botts. Photo submitted I Plumas . t Oulncy Auto Elass Auto Diagnostics Provides everything for your automotive glass needs, from repairing chips to complete glass replacement. 2140 E. 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