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AB-2848 Local ballot measures: statement of the measure.(2017-2018)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 13119 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

13119.
 (a) The ballots used when voting upon a measure proposed by a local governing body or submitted to the voters as an initiative or referendum measure pursuant to Division 9 (commencing with Section 9000), including a measure authorizing the issuance of bonds or the incurrence of debt, shall have printed on them the words “Shall the measure (stating the nature thereof) be adopted?” To the right or below the  Opposite the  statement of the measure to be voted on, and to its right,  the words “Yes” and “No” shall be printed on separate lines, with voting targets. squares.  If a voter marks the voting target next to  stamps a cross (+) in the voting square after  the printed word “Yes,” the voter’s  his or her  vote shall be counted in favor of the adoption of the measure. If the voter marks the voting target next to  he or she stamps a cross (+) in the voting square after  the printed word “No,” the voter’s  his or her  vote shall be counted against its adoption.
(b) (1)  If the proposed measure imposes a tax or raises the rate of a tax, the  except a proposed measure authorizing the issuance of bonds, the  ballot shall include in the statement of the measure to be voted on the amount of money to be raised annually and the rate and duration of the tax to be levied.
(2) If the proposed measure authorizes the issuance of bonds, the ballot shall include in the statement of the measure to be voted on the total amount of bonds to be issued, the duration of the bond debt service, and the best estimate from official sources of the average annual tax rate that would be required to be levied on property for ad valorem taxes to fund the bond issue, based on estimated valuations available at the time the statement is filed. The tax rate shall be expressed per one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) of assessed valuation on all property to be taxed to fund a bond issue.
(c) The statement of the measure shall be a true and impartial synopsis of the purpose of the proposed measure, and shall be in language that is neither argumentative nor likely to create prejudice for or against the measure.
(d) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) (d)  “Local  For purposes of this section, “local  governing body” means the governing body of a city, county, city and county, including a charter city or charter county, or district, including a school district.
(2) “Target” means an object designated as the aim for a voter to make a vote selection.
SEC. 2.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.