Arguments against Proposition 218 are misleading and designed to confuse voters. In truth:
1. Proposition 218 expands your voting rights. It CONSTITUTIONALLY GUARANTEES your right to vote on taxes.
2. Under Proposition 218, only California registered voters, including renters, can vote in tax elections. Corporations and foreigners get no new rights.
3. Current law already allows property owners, including nonresidents, to act on property assessments based on the assessment amount they pay. This is NOT created by Proposition 218.
4. ''Lifeline" rates for elderly and disabled for telephone, gas, and electric services are NOT affected.
5. Proposition 218 allows voter approved taxes for police, fire, education.
Proposition 218 simply gives taxpayers the right to vote on taxes and stops politicians' end-runs around Proposition 13.
That's why ordinary taxpayers, seniors, parents, homeowners, renters, consumer advocates, support Proposition 218.
Under Proposition 218, officials must convince taxpayers that tax increases are justified. Politicians and special interest groups don't like this idea. But they can't win by saying ''taxpayers should not vote on taxes," so they use misleading statements to confuse a simple question.
That question: DO YOU BELIEVE TAXPAYERS SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON TAXES? If you answered ''yes", VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 218.
Read the nonpartisan, independent SUMMARY by the Attorney General, which begins ''VOTER APPROVAL FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT TAXES." And, by all means read your property tax bill, due out now. Then you'll know the truth.
FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON TAXES, VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 218!
Past President, Council of Sacramento
Founder, Alliance of California Taxpayers
and Involved Voters (ACTIV)