Frequently Asked Questions - Q11


Question:

If the proposed amendment already had been in effect for several years, it would have prevented the airport expansion, the building of the convention center, and the massive expansion of the sewer system to accommodate the environmental mandates, wouldn’t it?

Answer:

Not so. The proposed amendment does not prohibit anything. It merely requires voter approval before the City’s revenues can increase at a rate greater than the combined rates of increase in population and inflation. If the three projects would have required more revenues than that to service the related debt, then all the City would have to have done was obtain voter approval. The revenue growth rate allowed by the proposed charter amendment without voter approval should be sufficient for normal infrastructure growth. Extraordinary infrastructure growth, of any kind, should require voter approval, as effectively required by the proposed amendment.



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