Proposition 22, which last week was endorsed by a number of local officials, including Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Chief Jim Miguel is now running into opposition from county supervisors.
The proposition is meant to keep money for redevelopment, transportation and local projects and services in the hands of local government. But county officials say it could mean cuts to other parts of the state budget, like school funding and money for senior citizens.
John Gioia, Chairman of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and chairman of the Urban County Caucus, said the initiative "does not serve the interests of local government."
"Prop 22 locks in particular areas of the government at the expense of others," Gioia said in a telephone news conference Monday. "Cuts in other areas are going to be much deeper to achieve the savings."
Among those cuts would be money to county governments, which he said depend largely on state money to operate. Gioia said the Contra County Fire District could lose $12 million in state funding if prop 22 passes.
"Ultimately, this measure also puts pressure on raising taxes," he said.
Gioia was joined by Liz Kniss of the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, who said counties have already seen a 12% cut in funding. Kniss said Prop 22 would make counties and cities adversaries.
Kathy Long, chairwoman of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, said the proposition would have "unintended consequences," specifically that county funding for health and human services and public safety would be cut.
The three county officials, along with Matt Rexroad of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, urged people to vote no on Prop 22, calling it ballot box budgeting.
"When you do this kind of lack of real reform, lack of real dialog …one that has a catchy title, Long said, "it's disingenuous to all the voters.
Last week, Hosterman said Pleasanton had lost more than 100 million since the state's policy, known as ERAF (Educational Revenue Augmentation Funds), was implemented in the 1990s.