Bolinas Community Public Utility District

Resolution No. 511

A Resolution Supporting Proposition 1A

    WHEREAS, state government currently seizes more than $5.2 billion annually in local property tax funds statewide from cities, counties and special districts, costing local governments more than $40 billion in lost revenues over the past 12 years; and

    WHEREAS, these ongoing shifts and raids by the state of local property tax funds and other funding dedicated to local governments have seriously reduced resources available for local fire and paramedic responses, law enforcement, public health and emergency medical care, roads, parks, libraries, transportation and other essential local services; and

    WHEREAS, these funding raids also add pressure for local governments to increase fees and taxes to maintain basic local service levels; and

    WHEREAS, this drain of local resources has continued even during periods when the state’s budget has been overflowing with surpluses; and

    WHEREAS, Proposition 1A is a historic measure that will appear on the November 2004 statewide ballot that would limit the State’s ability to take and use local government funding; and

    WHEREAS, by protecting local government funding, Proposition 1A would protect local public safety, healthcare and other essential local services; and

    WHEREAS, Proposition 1A will not raise taxes and, in fact, will help reduce pressure for local fee and tax increases by limiting state raids of local government funding; and

    WHEREAS, Proposition 1A does not reduce funding for schools or any other state program or service, and Proposition 1A was carefully written to allow flexibility in the event of a state budget emergency; and

    WHEREAS, Proposition 1A is supported by a bipartisan, diverse coalition including Governor Schwarzenneger, Democrat and Republican legislative leaders, local government officials, public safety representatives, healthcare, business, labor and community leaders;

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Directors of the Bolinas Community Public Utility District that we hereby express strong support for Proposition 1A, the statewide ballot initiative that will prevent the state from further taking local government revenues; and

    RESOLVED FURTHER, that we will send a copy of this resolution to Yes on 1A – Californians to Protect Local Taxpayers and Public Safety.  Fax:  916-442-3510 or 1121 L Street, #803, Sacramento, CA  95814.

    ADOPTED this 15th day of September, 2004, by the following vote:

AYES:          Amoroso, Kimball, McClellan, Siedman, Smith

NOES:         None


ABSENT:    None

Jack Siedman
President, Board of Directors


Philip Buchanan