In spite of the sounds bites that constantly bombard us, the language of amendments 60 and 61 and proposition 101 is not simple and straightforward. The Blue Books you have recently received contain the actual language of the proposed initiatives, with Amendment 60 containing 322 words, Amendment 61 having 336 words and Proposition 101 having 278 words, in several paragraphs, all with far reaching impacts.
Remember, it is the language of the Blue Book that will go into force should these three pass, not the few words of summary on the ballot. Also remember that amendments to our state constitution can only be changed by another vote of the electorate, not the legislature.
You hear a lot today about personal responsibility, so I say meet the challenge and educate yourself prior to voting by reading the fine print. For example, find out what the “enterprises”, “authorities” and “un-elected boards” are in your community. And, do you want out-of-state property owners voting on property taxes in our elections?
Please think before you ink because passage of these three ballot issues will have severe repercussions which could surprise you if you don’t.
– Nancy Ball