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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California
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Orange County
Measure B Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

505,640 votos si (86%)

82,615 votos no (14%)

100% de distritos activos (1,597/1,597).

Shall the Charter for the County of Orange be amended to require the Auditor-Controller to prepare a fiscal impact statement for any countywide measure placed on the ballot?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Un voto por el SÍ significa

A "yes" vote is a vote to amend the Charter of the County of Orange to require the Auditor-Controller to prepare a fiscal impact statement for any countywide measure placed on the ballot.

Un voto por el NO significa

A "no" vote is a vote to not amend the Charter of the County of Orange.

Resumen

Orange County Registrar of Voters

This measure is a proposed amendment to the Orange County Charter mandating the Auditor-Controller review all countywide measures and prepare fiscal impact statements which estimate the amount of any increase or decrease in revenues or costs to the county if the measure is adopted by the voters.

Antecedentes

Orange County Counsel

California law permits the voters to amend the County Charter if the majority of the voters voting in an election approve the amendment. This amendment, placed on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Orange, would amend the Orange County Charter.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Orange County Counsel

California law permits the voters to amend the County Charter if a majority of the voters voting in an election approve the amendment.  This measure, placed on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors for the County of Orange, would amend the Orange County Charter.  

Orange County’s Charter provides that except as set forth in the Charter, the general law set forth in the Constitution of the State of California and the laws of the State of California shall govern the operations of the County of Orange.  Existing State law provides that not later than 88 days prior to an election that includes a County ballot measure, the Board of Supervisors may direct the Auditor-Controller to review the measure, determine whether it would affect the revenues or expenditures of the County, and prepare a fiscal impact statement that estimates the amount of any increase or decrease in revenues or costs to the County if the proposed measure is adopted. The fiscal impact statement, which may not exceed 500 words in length, must then be printed preceding the arguments for and against the measure. Under existing law, the Board of Supervisors’ decision as to whether to direct the Auditor-Controller to prepare a fiscal impact statement is discretionary.  

If approved, this measure would amend the Orange County Charter to require the Auditor-Controller to review any countywide measure placed on the ballot and prepare a fiscal impact statement.  This requirement would apply to both County voter initiatives and measures placed on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors. The fiscal impact statement must estimate the amount, if any, of any increase or decrease in revenues or costs to the County and any applicable funding source or funding mechanism if the proposed measure is adopted.  The measure requires the Auditor-Controller, when preparing a fiscal impact statement, to only identify those fiscal impacts that are readily discernable and not to speculate.  The fiscal impact statement would be printed preceding the arguments for and against a measure and may not exceed 500 words in length.

Future changes to the County Charter, including this measure if adopted, must be submitted to the voters for approval.

A “yes” vote is a vote to amend the Charter of the County of Orange to require the Auditor-Controller to prepare a fiscal impact statement for any countywide measure placed on the ballot.

A “no” vote is a vote not to amend the Charter of the County of Orange.

A copy of the proposed amendment to the County Charter is posted on the Registrar of Voter’s website, http://www.ocvote.com/.  Voters may also contact the Registrar of Voter’s office and request that a copy of the proposed amendment be mailed to them at no cost.

Efectos fiscales

Data not available.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

The public has a right to know the cost of our government. That’s the simple idea behind Measure B.

Measure B is a common-sense proposal that every Orange County ballot measure must have a fiscal impact statement showing how much it will cost taxpayers. Read it yourself: it’s just four sentences long.

If you look closely at your ballot, you’ll notice that every state proposition, such as Proposition 50 on this ballot, is already required to have an analysis of its fiscal impact.  We should have this same requirement for Orange County.

•  Created by Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do, Measure B institutes real reform aimed at increasing transparency and accountability at the highest levels of local government.

Measure B goes further than the state does in protecting the independence of the fiscal analysis.  Fiscal impact statements for California propositions come from the Legislature’s analyst, who is hired by Sacramento politicians.  Measure B requires the fiscal impact statements for county ballot measures to be done by the independent Orange County Auditor-Controller, who is elected by you, the people of Orange County.

•  The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association not only supports Measure B but urges all local governments to adopt similar measures.

•  Measure B institutes real reform aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in local government finances.

Proposed by Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do, Measure B will help ensure your taxpayer dollars are appropriately spent because voters will understand the true cost of ballot measures.

Measure B puts Orange County at the forefront of transparency for voters and open government. It doesn’t matter whether a measure is put on the ballot by special interests, unions, corporations, or politicians: Measure B lets you know the actual cost of ballot measures.

Vote “Yes” on Measure B to give Orange County taxpayers the right to know how much ballot measures cost.

s/ Andrew Do  Orange County Supervisor, 1st District

s/ Jon Coupal  President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association 

s/ Eric Woolery, CPA

Orange County Auditor-Controller

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

No argument against this measure was submitted.

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

ORDINANCE NO. ______

AN ORDINANCE OF THE COUNTY OF ORANGE, CALIFORNIA, REQUIRING FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENTS FOR COUNTYWIDE MEASURES PLACED ON THE BALLOT AND ADDING ARTICLE VII, SECTION 701 TO THE CHARTER OF ORANGE COUNTY

The People of the County of Orange, California, ordain as follows:

SECTION 1.  Article VII, Section 701 is added to the Charter of Orange County to read as follows:

ARTICLE VII.  COUNTYWIDE BALLOT MEASURES

Sec. 701. Auditor-Controller’s Fiscal Impact Statement

For any countywide measure placed on the ballot, the Auditor-Controller shall review the measure and prepare a fiscal impact statement which estimates the amount, if any, of any increase or decrease in revenues or costs to the county as well as any applicable funding source or funding mechanism if the proposed measure is adopted.  In preparing the fiscal impact statement, the Auditor-Controller shall not speculate, and shall identify only those fiscal impacts that are readily discernible. The fiscal impact statement is “official matter” within the meaning of Elections Code Section 13303, and shall be printed preceding the arguments for and against the measure. The fiscal impact statement may not exceed 500 words in length.

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