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Greater Irvine Chamber Supports Two June Ballot Measures

Monday, April 30, 2018

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The Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce supports two measures that will appear on the June ballot in Irvine. Measures C and D create a fiscal lockbox for the taxpayers of Irvine, ensuring the economic vitality of the city. These protections ensure that our essential services such as police, fire, and infrastructure updates remain properly funded and help maintain the vision and mission of the Irvine Master Plan.

The first of the two initiatives is Measure C, a taxpayer protection measure will require a two-thirds vote of the city council to impose new taxes or raise existing taxes in the city. This protection was originally approved by California voters in 1986 as Proposition 62. However, it was later ruled in court that this law only applied to general law cities. As a charter city, Irvine was not subject to the protection and any proposed tax changes must be taken to the electorate for approval. Similar protections have been approved by other charter cities in Orange County including Newport Beach, Anaheim, and Huntington Beach.

The second measure, Measure D, is a charter amendment aimed at ensuring that special interests can’t hijack the city’s land-use authority. The amendment states that any project that provides a fiscal benefit of 15 percent over costs to the city is not subject to further approval beyond city council.

“For over 50 years Irvine has been master-planned to be an economic powerhouse and that’s exactly what we’ve become,” Greater Irvine Chamber President and CEO Bryan Starr said during his testimony in front of the Irvine City Council in February. “The measures before you were designed to preserve that status for our residents.”

The measures are aimed at providing the city the certainty necessary to ensure long-term fiscal growth and to avoid the need for future tax increases.

The measures will be presented to Irvine voters on the June 5 ballot.

For more information about the Greater Irvine Chamber’s government affairs work and how to become involved, contact Whit Peterson.

Category: Chamber News, Advocacy News

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