Operation Defund Sanctuary Cities
Using Prop 218 to Repeal Local Taxes
We can no longer wait for the federal government to do its job. It is time for American patriots to stand up and defund sanctuary cities by working to repeal sources of tax revenues.
American Children First launched "Operation Defund Sanctuary Cities" on May 30, 2017 when its founder, Joseph Turner, filed an initiative to repeal the City of Cudahy's utility user taxes (UUTs). More than 150 cities across California tax the utility bills of their residents and businesses in some form or fashion. And for many of these cities, the UUT is a significant component of their General Fund budget.
American Children First plans to provisions within Proposition 218 to file initiatives throughout California in cities that have declared themselves sanctuary cities or pass policies and directives that are sympathetic to illegal aliens.
More information about Proposition 218 can be found below along with links to the text of the various "Operation Defund Sanctuary Cities" initiatives and other pertinent documents:
City of Cudahy
Press Release: Announcing Launch of "Operation Defund Sanctuary Cities" - May 30, 2017
City of Huntington Park
Press Release: Filing of "Operation Defund Sanctuary Cities" Initiative in Huntington Park - June 19, 2017
Prop 218: What is it?
Prop 218 is one of the most underutilized tools in the conservative activist's toolbox. For minimal investment of time and resources we can achieve maximum returns on our investment.
In California, residents have the power to circumvent their legislative bodies and put measures directly before the voters to be voted upon. These are called initiatives and they can be done at the city, county and state levels.
The general requirement to place an initiative on the ballot is that proponents must gather signatures totaling 10 percent of the number of registered voters.
In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 218 which was a measure designed to protect taxpayers from higher taxes. One of the key aspects of this measure and one that is largely ignored and unknown is that it changed the initiative signature requirement on measures concerning the repeal of taxes and fees.In order to qualify tax repeal measures you only have to gather signatures equaling 5 percent of the total votes cast in the last gubernatorial election. This signature requirement is significantly lower than the traditional 10 percent formula mentioned above.
For example, the City of Torrance has approximately 150,000 residents and 85,000 registered voters. A regular initiative would require 8,500 signatures to be placed on the ballot. A Prop 218 initiative only requires 1,680 signatures based on the 2014 voting results. The City of Cudahy only requires 62 signatures.
Special acknowledgement to Marcy Guzman and Mike Alexander of TeaPAC. While researching the Prop 218 strategy I came across the work of TeaPAC who has qualified utility user tax repeals in four different cities. They were very helpful in assisting me with drafting the language of the initiative and in discussing strategies. Thank you.
Statement of Votes for Los Angeles County (2014) - This shows you how many votes were cast in each city for governor so that you can figure out what 5 percent equals.
Goals of the Initiative
The ultimate goal of Operation Defund Sanctuary Cities is to strip sanctuary cities of funding sources and revenue, discourage other cities from declaring themselves sanctuary cities, encourage cities that have declared themselves sanctuary cities to reconsider, and also send similar messages to school districts that have consider or declared themselves to be sanctuary campuses for illegal aliens.
1. Qualify and pass the initiative
2. Defund sanctuary cities
3. Discourage other cities and school districts from declaring themselves sanctuary cities or campuses
4. Encourage those who have declared sanctuary status to walk back those decisions
5. Decrease the size and scope of government by alleviating the tax burdens of working class American families
If you are interested in learning more about how you can file an initiative to repeal taxes in your community, please get in touch with American Children First and we will walk you through the process of filing an initiative in California.