​​​​​​​Alameda and Santa Cruz Counties to Offer More Public Services 

Friday, October 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Recognizing the growing need for public services and the constraints Alameda and Santa Cruz Counties were facing to meet those demands, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) took the lead in making changes to how the Transactions and Use Tax Law cap is calculated.

 

“Cities and counties are responsible for providing a wide range of support services such as shelters for the homeless, police and fire services, and debris cleanup,” explained Assemblymember Quirk. “Constraints from Proposition 13 have increased reliance on raising taxes to provide these needed services.”

 

California statute subjects cities  and counties  to limitations and voter approval requirements to levy transactions and use taxes. Unfortunatly with increasing demand for public services the existing amount of funding is just not enough. AB 723 will give residents in the Counties and Cities of Alameda and Santa Cruz the power to generate more funds for their community.

 

“With the signing of this bill, the City of Fremont will now have the needed flexibility and option to obtain additional revenue and local funding that will retain police officers and fire fighters, repair infrastructure and address traffic, help our homeless encampments and provide support to small businesses. These services are essential to our City’s success and continued ability to best serve our constituents. We are very grateful to Assemblymember Quirk and his strong leadership in introducing this bill,” said Mayor of Fremont, Lily Mei. 

 

“This bill will help Alameda and Santa Cruz counties provide more and better services at time when the need is ever increasing. This includes beds for the homeless and firefighters. Voters will have the opportunity to weigh in and partake in that decision making process. AB 723 would not have been signed had it not been for the collaboration of leaders in these counties, and Governor Newsom’s staff,” said Assemblymember Quirk upon learning his bill was signed.

 

AB 723 goes into effect January 1 2020.

 

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Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly.  Assemblymember Quirk represents Ashland, Cherryland, Fairview, Fremont, Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Sunol and Union City. He is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. He is a member of the Agriculture, Public Safety, Revenue and Taxation, and Utilities and Energy Committees. Website of Assemblymember Quirk: http://www.asmdc.org/quirk