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League Joins Other Local Government Groups in Strong Opposition to Initiative that Could Jeopardize Local and Regional Infrastructure Projects

July 1, 2016
The League board of directors at its meeting on June 24-25 voted unanimously to oppose the “Cortopassi” ballot measure on the November statewide ballot because it would undermine the ability of cities, counties and other local agencies and the state to form partnerships to finance the construction of critical public infrastructure projects.
 
By requiring a statewide vote, even on some local infrastructure projects, the measure could erode local control by allowing voters in one part of the state to block funding for needed infrastructure projects in another part of the state — even though they would not be paying for them.
 
“This measure would threaten the ability of cities to partner with other local governments and the state to invest in needed infrastructure priorities,” said League Executive Director Chris McKenzie. “The measure gives voters in distant regions the power to block major projects in other parts of the state that many of our city residents need. This burdensome measure is bad news for local governments and citizens who deserve responsible infrastructure investment.”
 
The League is joined in its opposition by other local government organizations including the California State Sheriffs’ Association, California Association of Councils of Government, the Association of California Water Agencies, Northern California Water Association, Self-Help Counties, Association of California Cities–Orange County and individual local governments.
 
More than 150 public safety, local government, business, labor, healthcare, agriculture, water, education and other organizations have come out in opposition to the initiative.


 
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