SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The California Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for certain new taxes to win approval with voters.READ MORE: Authorities Search For Missing 17-Year-Old Swimmer North Of Santa Cruz
While the court decided that cities and counties will still have to get a two-thirds majority vote in order to raise taxes, measures proposed by citizens do not need a supermajority to pass.
“Citizen groups collect the necessary number of signatures to put the measure on the ballot, no longer will those measures require a two-thirds vote. They only require a simple majority,” said Larry Gerton, professor emeritus of political science at San Jose State University.READ MORE: Mother, Son Arrested Following Berkeley Shooting, SWAT Standoff
This applies to taxes for specific purposes, such as building a sports arena or a soda tax. However, if a city like San Francisco tries to get a soda tax approved, it will still be subject to the two-thirds bar.
This is why we’re likely to see more citizen groups proposing taxes, because they’ll only need a majority now.MORE NEWS: Scaled-Down Dreamforce Marks Major Step In San Francisco's COVID Economic Rebound
“To tax proponents, perhaps the flood gates are opened a little bit more, and that no doubt will be upsetting to tax opponents,” Gerston said.