By OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer
On Tuesday, voters approved Measure B, requiring fiscal impact statements for ballot measures, in a landslide of 86.1%-13.9%. This means going forward, all measures voted on at the countywide level must have a fiscal impact statement (this measure does not apply to city, school district, or special district measures).
“I thank Supervisor Andrew Do for bringing this important fiscal transparency measure to protect the voters’ right to know the costs of what they are working on,” Supervisor Todd Spitzer said. “I congratulate Supervisor Do, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association President Jon Coupal, and Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery on their efforts to advance Measure B.”
Approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors, Measure B was written by Supervisor Andrew Do to require the County Auditor-Controller to prepare a fiscal impact statement on countywide ballot measures, similar to how the Legislative Analyst’s Office does so for statewide ballot measures.
Measure B’s 86.1% falls just short of the record set in 2014 by Measure A, which won 87.9%. Authored by Supervisors Todd Spitzer and Janet Nguyen, the measure requires County Supervisors to pay their full employee share of their pensions.