Measure V1: GANN Appropriation Limit

Simple majority vote required

The Question: Shall the City’s appropriation limit under Article XIIIB of the California Constitution (the Gann Appropriation Limit) be increased to allow expenditure of the proceeds of City taxes and income from the investment of those taxes for fiscal years 2017 through 2020?

The Situation: This measure raises the Gann Limit for City of Berkeley spending, so Berkeley can spend the tax money already approved by voters, and any new revenue approved this year.

The Proposal: This measure would not increase taxes or adopt a new tax and renews the spending fiscal years 2017 through 2020.

Fiscal Effect: There is no fiscal increase in taxes and income if passed. If it is not passed, the City would have to incur the cost of additional elections to get permission to increase the limit.

Supporters Say: 

  • This measure does not increase taxes.
  • This measure will allow the City to continue to provide important, tax-supported community services to our growing population.
  • If the measure does not pass, the City would be unable to deliver important services thus impacting the quality of life throughout our city.

Opponents Say: No argument was filed in opposition to this measure.

Supporters: No pro arguments are on the Internet except those filed with the Measure at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

Opponents: No opposing organizations have filed.

A “Yes” vote means: Berkeley can spend current and this year’s approved taxes and income.

A “No” vote means: Berkeley could be hampered in spending their approved taxes and income, thus forcing curtailment of essential services for Berkeley’s citizens.