In the roughly 24 hours between the publication and enactment of AB 1484, the League staff advised the legislature that its sales and property tax "claw-back" provisions clearly violated multiple provisions of the state constitution that were adopted by the voters of California in 2004 (Proposition 1A) and 2010 (Prop. 22). League Executive Director Chris McKenzie said: “the board of directors of the League took this action because AB 1484 represents a clear and present threat to the ability of cities to meet the public safety and other vital public service needs of the city resident of California. We also strongly believe the sales tax and property tax "claw-back" provisions violate the constitution and are inconsistent with other parts of AB 1484 that declare that redevelopment successor agencies are separate and apart from city governments." League attorneys will report back to the League board on the specific plans for implementing the litigation authorization.
Note: The July 20 version of this article incorrectly stated the sales taxes subject to the “claw-back” were voter- approved. AB 1484’s sales tax “claw-back” provisions apply to the Bradley-Burns sales tax levied by cities for general government purposes such as police, fire, EMS, libraries, parks, senior services, and other vital services.