Analysis: League of Women Voters Measure A breakdown for voters

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The League of Women Voters of Placer County summary of the Auburn City Charter Measure A is below. LWV does not support or oppose this measure. The league?s intention is to provide Auburn voters with unbiased information that will provide a clear understanding of the issue before Election Day. Stays the same if charter is adopted: 1. City ordinances, rules and regulations. 2. City-manager form of government and the offices which are elected. 3. City council salary limits. 4. City elections including the way officials are elected, the way the mayor is chosen, the way officials are appointed, terms of office, city official qualifications, and voter power of initiative, referendum and recall. 5. Land zoning. 6. Taxes and fees imposed by the city. 7. Competitive bidding on city contracts. Different if charter is adopted 1. Except what is listed above in Stays the Same, the city makes all decisions on municipal affairs. For example, money raised by the city cannot be taken by the state and the state cannot mandate city personnel activity with regard to municipal affairs. 2. Prevailing wage is not required on city-funded projects like sewer upgrades funded by local rates. (Prevailing wage is still required on federally or state funded projects like the redevelopment funds used for Project Auburn.) 3. Volunteers can participate on community projects regardless of state law. 4. City budget must be publicly visible online. 5. Mission statement: ?The City shall encourage, support, and promote economic and community development and preserve and enhance the small-town and historic character of Auburn.? 6. There is no longer a $150 limit for city council member compensation to participate on a committee. In the last 7 years, city council members were compensated $30 for one committee (the Auburn Urban Development Authority). Since historically the limit has not been reached, removing the limit will most likely not change the way things are done. Financial impact to city taxpayers Prevailing wage in California is based on collective bargaining of large unions. Even though it is not possible to predict exactly, industry research and local experience suggest Auburn could save approximately 18 percent or more on locally funded projects without the government mandate of prevailing wage. The city has spent $22,053.18 in legal costs as part of putting the measure on the ballot. Future legal costs are possible and depend on how the charter is managed. For example, if the city wanted to control an activity that has not traditionally been considered a municipal affair, the court would decide if it was possible to have control over that particular activity.