Guiding Statement

Guiding Statement

The Little Hoover Commission is a bipartisan independent California oversight agency to promote economy and efficiency in state and local government. “The Commission fulfills this charge by listening to the public, consulting with the experts, and conferring with the wise. During its investigations, the Commission typically empanels advisory committees, conducts public hearing and visits government operations in action.” The Little Hoover Commission in their Report #236, February 2017 made recommendations in regards School Proposition 39 bonds to the Governor and the Legislature for their consideration. These recommendations will guide the focus and work of CABOC.

We are committed to carrying out the recommendation of the California Little Hoover Commission.

2017 Recommendations for Local Bond Oversight, Little Hoover Commission Report 236

In its update of its 2009 bond oversight study, the Commission heard testimony and recommendations focusing both on improving the bond issuance process and improving local oversight, particularly in bolstering the effectiveness of local Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committees as previously recommended by the Commission. Based on the testimony and written comments received, the Commission expands on and refines its prior recommendations for improving local bond oversight.

California Proposition 39, Supermajority of 55% for School Bond Votes (2000)

California Proposition 39 was also known as the School Facilities Local Vote Act of 2000. It was on the November 7, 2000 ballot as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

The primary impact of Proposition 39 was to reduce the threshold required to pass local California school district bond issues from a two-thirds (66.67 percent) supermajority vote to a 55 percent supermajority vote.

Prior to the passage of Proposition 39, about 60% of local school bond ballot questions succeeded in getting the previously required 2/3rds vote. In the wake of its passage, about 75% of local school districts are passing with the 55% requirement.