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State voters to decide five propositions on the June ballot

State voters to decide five propositions on the June ballot

For the first time in awhile the June ballot won't be loaded with propositions.

The most controversial is Proposition 70 which sets up a potential showdown on high speed rail funding.

Propositions submitted by the public can now only appear on the November ballot.

The five measures being considered in June are the result of legislative action.

Proposition 68 would provide 4-billion dollars in bonds for state and local parks, environmental protection projects and flood protection.

725-million dollars would go to park poor neighborhoods which includes communities in the Central Valley.

Proposition 69 would require that money from the diesel sales tax be spent just on transportation projects.

The money would be deposited into the public transportation account and would be used to improve public streets, highways and public transportation systems.

Proposition 70 would set up a showdown in the state legislature in 2024. It involves cap and trade money.

Those revenues paid by oil companies, factories and other greenhouse gas emitters can only be used for programs that reduce climate pollution.

Some of that money goes to high speed rail. So if lawmakers fail to get a two-thirds vote, money would keep collecting in the reserve fund and the state couldn't spend the money.

Proposition 71 would move the effective date of ballot propositions to the fifth day after the Secretary of State certifies election results.

That's normally 38 days after the election.

Proposition 72 would allow the state legislature to exclude rainwater capture systems built after January 1, 2019 as new construction.

The taxable value of a property would not increase. Those systems capture, retain and store rainwater flowing off of rooftops.

Because it takes away a tax penalty it requires voter approval.

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