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January 31, 2018
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Secretary of State Alex Padilla Assigns Number to New

June Ballot Measure, Invites Ballot Arguments


SACRAMENTO – Secretary of State Alex Padilla today assigned a proposition number to a newly signed legislative measure set to appear on the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election ballot and invited interested Californians to submit arguments to be considered for inclusion in the statewide Voter Information Guide.

The new proposition is listed below, along with Legislative Counsel’s digest and a link to the full text.

Proposition 72

SCA 9 (Resolution Chapter 1, Statutes of 2018), Glazer. Property tax: new construction exclusion: rain water capture system.

The California Constitution generally limits ad valorem taxes on real property to 1% of the full cash value of that property. For purposes of this limitation, “full cash value” is defined as the assessor’s valuation of real property as shown on the 1975–76 tax bill under “full cash value” or, thereafter, the appraised value of that real property when purchased, newly constructed, or a change in ownership has occurred.

This measure would authorize the Legislature to exclude from classification as “newly constructed” the construction or addition, completed on or after January 1, 2019, of a rain water capture system.

Ballot Arguments

Arguments may be submitted for or against the measures appearing on the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary ballot. Arguments selected for the statewide Voter Information Guide will be on public display between February 20 and March 12. If multiple arguments are submitted for the proposition, state law gives first priority to arguments written by legislators in the case of legislative measures; subsequent priority goes to bona fide citizen associations and then to individuals. No more than three signers are allowed to appear on an argument or rebuttal to an argument.

Ballot arguments cannot exceed 500 words and rebuttals to ballot arguments cannot exceed 250 words. All submissions should be typed and double-spaced.  Arguments may be hand-delivered to the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at 1500 11th Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, California 95814; faxed to (916) 653-3214; or emailed to If faxed or emailed, the original documents must be received within 72 hours.  The deadline to submit ballot arguments is February 6 by 5:00 p.m. The deadline to submit rebuttals to the ballot arguments is February 15 by 5:00 p.m.

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