Obernolte’s Bill Provides

 Increased Ballot Transparency    

​   AB 809 ensures that information about

local tax increases is clearly stated on the ballot


 State Assembly, California Capital Sacramento ____ Today September 28, 2015,  Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 809 authored by Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia), which requires the ballot statement for any local tax ordinance to include the amount of money to be raised and the rate and duration of the tax to be levied.

“Tax increases have a significant financial impact on hard working families in California,” Assemblyman Obernolte said. “When casting a ballot, voters should have all the information necessary to make an informed decision. This is an important step toward improving government transparency.”

Many counties in California already require this important information, but this bill ensures that it is provided to voters in every region in the state. AB 809 received accolades from two of California’s leading taxpayer advocates: The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the California Taxpayers Association.

“A ballot label is the last thing voters see before voting on a local ordinance,” stated David Wolfe, the Legislative Director for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “So many of today's ballot labels include what the tax is going to fund, but have very little common-sense information like the duration of the tax and the amount of revenue to be raised. Voters deserve to have this information clearly presented to them before they cast a ballot. This is especially true for tax measures which could be in place for decades."

AB 809 is the fourth bill authored by Assemblyman Jay Obernolte that has been signed by the Governor this year.