Friday, May 22, 2009

UPDATE: New San Francisco Charter Amendments Introduced

As we posted on the blog yesterday, there were a number of new City Charter amendments introduced at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday. You can click here to read them.

There are also a number of previously introduced ballot measures that the Board could also place on the November ballot (thank you to the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce for this information):
  • Charter amendment establishing an Election Campaign Fund and requiring annual appropriations (Supervisor Daly).
  • Charter amendment: 1) allowing the city to withdraw up to 100 percent of the current balance in the Rainy Day Reserve, not to exceed 20 percent of the projected deficit, in years in which a budgetary deficit of $240 million or more is projected; 2) requiring the city to also appropriate to the school district an amount equal to 33% of any such withdrawals for the city's benefit, in years in which the school district faces a loss of revenues and significant layoffs; and 3) eliminating obsolete provisions (Supervisor Daly).
  • Charter amendment requiring that one-time revenues be spent on one-time uses (Supervisor Elsbernd)
  • Charter amendment setting a dollar cap on all Charter set-asides, authorizing reductions during fiscal shortfalls and waiving during emergencies, requiring the return of surplus balances, adjusting mandatory service levels, and establishing city policies regarding future set-asides and non-binding measures (Supervisors Mirkarimi, Chiu, Elsbernd)

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