Frequently Asked Questions - Q10


Question:

The media has abounded with accounts of the City’s supposed crumbling infrastructure and mobility problems. Won’t the charter amendment prevent any significant investment in infrastructure and mobility needs?

Answer:

No. Actually, the charter amendment doesn’t prevent anything. It merely requires voter approval before the City’s total revenues can increase at a rate greater than the combined rates of increase in population and inflation. If perceived infrastructure improvement and/or mobility needs would cause the revenues needed to service the related debt to exceed the charter amendment threshold, then City Council only has to present a convincing case to voters when it holds a vote on the proposed additional revenues. Or else cut out some of the proven substantial fat still in the City budget. What could be fairer?



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