SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Gov. Jerry Brown has competition on the November ballot, and it's not just from a rival statewide tax initiative seeking to raise income taxes for school funding.
He is asking California voters to increase the state sales tax and income taxes on the wealthy to close the state budget deficit at the same time that hundreds of cities, counties, school districts and local special districts are making their own tax requests of voters.
In addition to Brown's initiative, Proposition 30, more than 230 measures for local taxes, bonds and fees will appear on the local ballots, said Michael Coleman, fiscal policy adviser to the League of California Cities. More than 100 of those initiatives are being put forward by school districts and community colleges for construction bonds and to buy equipment and make repairs.
The rest were placed on the ballot by municipalities, special districts and school districts to increase or renew parcel, utility and use taxes. The number of local revenue measures is comparable to the volume seen during the 2008 and 2004 presidential election years.
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