Ballot Measure Recommendations

Ballot Recommendations - November 3, 2020 Election

Every election year, the Metro Chamber's Advocacy Council provides recommendations on statewide and local ballot measures that are critical to Santa Rosa's and Sonoma County's future. A Ballot Measure Task Force of our Advocacy Council convened several times to examine the state and local ballot measures that will appear on the November ballot. Task Force recommendations were approved by both the broader Advocacy Council and the Chamber Board.

STATE MEASURES
Proposition 21 - OPPOSE - Rent Control Initiative

Our housing crisis is the greatest threat to our long-term economic and cultural success. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed yet again how fragile our housing infrastructure is to crisis and economic fluctuations. Without significantly expanding housing supply for our residents, housing costs will continue to be an overwhelming burden to many and make future disasters more acutely painful for our community. The preponderance of evidence and research show rent control and just cause eviction laws do nothing to provide housing, reduce homelessness or provide affordable housing for renters, and experts agree that these policies exacerbate housing shortages. Home development is the most effective way to ease the cost of housing.

Proposition 15 - OPPOSE - Split Roll Property Tax Initiative

This split roll initiative would have a negative impact on our entire economy, further harming the business community already under distress due to COVID-19; would negatively impact employees; and would increase prices for consumers. The initiative would disproportionately harm small business by creating increased rents at the time they can least afford it. In addition to immediate increased burden to small business and consumers, Proposition 15 would further damage our economy by discouraging business investment in California and by discouraging needed housing development, as local governments would receive more property tax revenue from industrial and commercial developments.

LOCAL MEASURES
All Local Tax Measures - OPPOSE - No new or extended tax measured until 2022

This is not the right time to ask voters to approve tax measures. We are in an economic crisis, navigating fires, PSPS, school closures, and ever-changing health restrictions due to a global pandemic. Families and businesses are struggling to survive. We are facing high unemployment rates, small businesses are closing or struggling to remain open, and economists predict almost half of those businesses will not survive. Now more than ever it is time for us to support our families, workers, seniors, and small businesses. Many families are facing lost wages, lack of child care and elevated health care costs. These measures would disproportionately burden our middle class and low-income families, the unemployed, and fixed-income seniors every time they access basic needs and everyday expenses. The Chamber has supported taxes before and will again. But before we can ask taxpayers to fund new programs, offset general funds, and expand infrastructure, we must first protect the financial wellbeing of families, small businesses, and our workforce.

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