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SB 231 Allows Property Owners to Be TAXED WITHOUT a Vote

RED ALERT from C.A.R.

URGE YOUR ASSEMBLY MEMBER TO VOTE “NO”

PLEASE CALL TODAY!

The state Assembly will be voting on legislation that allows local governments to circumvent the State Constitution and Proposition 218 to tax property owners directly for costs related to stormwater infrastructure projects without the legally required voter approval. The California Association of REALTORS® opposes SB 231 because it uses legal “sleight of hand” to allow local governments to impose new taxes without required voter input. The bill will be considered by the ENTIRE Assembly as soon as Monday, June 19th.

Action Items

Call your Assembly Member TODAY!

Urge a NO Vote on SB 231

 Call 1-800-798-6593

Enter the PIN Number from the Chart Below

followed by the # sign to be connected to your legislator's office.

 When staff answers the phone, you can use the following script:  

"Hi, this is (insert your name). I'm a concerned homeowner. Please ask the Assembly Member to Vote No on SB 231. Don’t allow local governments to impose sewer taxes by side-stepping voters.”

  Also, if you use Twitter™, please Tweet the following:

Voters deserve a say on stormwater tax. <Insert legislator Twitter™ handle> No tax without a vote. #NoSB231 #CALeg 

Assembly Member

PIN Number

Twitter™ Handle

David

Chiu

3110

@DavidChiu

Phil

Ting

8067

@PhilTing

 Background

Current law, as enacted by voters with Proposition 218 – The Right to Vote on Taxes initiative, requires that all new property-related taxes and most fees proposed by a local government or agency must be approved by 2/3 of the voters. A limited exception to this general rule exists for fees assessed for water, garbage, and sewer service.

 SB 231 will redefine the word ‘sewer’ in the law in order to avoid the 2/3 vote requirement and directly tax property-owners for larger stormwater infrastructure projects.

 Talking Points

  • SB 231 is an attempt to impose TAXES without voter approval. Proponents claim the bill only seeks to attach a definition to the term “sewers.” In reality, the bill is nothing more than legal “trickery” to get around having to get voter approval for a new tax.
  • SB 231 is a blatant attempt to circumvent the will of the voters. SB 231 ignores the will and mandate of the voters, by creating an expansive definition of the word ‘sewer’ that is neither consistent with public policy, the intent of the voters, nor the plain meaning of the word.  
  • Voters SHOULD have the ability to approve or deny paying for larger infrastructure projects. Notwithstanding the merits of a particular project, Proposition 218 gave the decision-making authority for funding to the voters. And the voters should be the ones to decide.

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SFAR Offers RatePlug's New Mortgage Technology to Brokers & Agents

Service Speeds “Contact to Close,” Emphasizes Affordability, Strengthens Agent-Lender Relationships

SFAR is now helping agents accelerate listing velocity by speeding “contact to close” with new mortgage technology from RatePlug.

RatePlug helps home buyers better understand affordability issues at the beginning of the home searching process, and it strengthens the relationship between agents and their local lender online.

RatePlug educates buyers about crucial mortgage information at the beginning of their home search and helps connect them to local agents and loan officers. RatePlug and multiple MLS studies show that homebuyers spend up to 6 minutes more viewing an MLS listing featuring RatePlug than one without. For loan officers, research from the National Association of Realtors shows that 74% of homebuyers use the lender recommended to by their REALTOR. Most importantly, research also shows agents using RatePlug sell homes faster, experiencing 15% fewer Days on Market -- from list to contract date.

"When a home shopper searches for a home listed on the MLS and the listing features RatePlug, an invited local lender's current interest rates and payment for a variety of different mortgage loan programs are dynamically displayed.  The result is the 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home isn’t only $225,000, It’s $1,375.87 per month including principal, interest, taxes, and HOA.  It’s the lender’s current products and rates that are used to calculate affordability.  When buyers understand the monthly cost to own, agents can focus their buyers upon homes buyers can afford and agents can close." said RatePlug CEO Brad Springer.

"SFAR is the glue between brokers, agents, buyers and sellers. RatePlug makes transactions even more seamless by helping home buyers better understand affordability and by helping agents and brokers find better qualified home buyers,” stated SFAR CEO stated Walter T. Baczkowski. "RatePlug is literally plugged into our platform for seamless accessibility," said Baczkowski. 

Springer explains that the mortgage payment RatePlug displays is customized to that property's listing price combined with the property's current real estate taxes and insurance payment information. "This allows home shoppers to find their real affordability range because RatePlug is interactive, allowing consumers the ability to create multiple 'what if' scenarios across different loan types to find the right program that best fits their home buying needs," he said.

Moreover, Springer notes that RatePlug's compliance leadership among online mortgage technology providers has been a key driver for its growing popularity. "The regulatory environment within the real estate industry is ever changing and RatePlug delivers compliance: from the massive record-keeping requirement of the FTC MAP rules and RegZ to the latest rules surrounding TRID," said Springer, noting that his core leadership team alone collectively has more than 100 years of mortgage origination experience.

Real estate brokers, agents and loan officers interested in RatePlug can learn more at www.RatePlug.com or call toll-free 1-877-710-0808.

ABOUT RATEPLUG

Founded in 2003, RatePlug has become the nation's leading mortgage technology integrated into the MLS and is now available to 60 percent of all real estate agents and brokers in the U.S. RatePlug educates buyers about affordability by providing crucial mortgage information at the beginning of their home search and helps connect them to local agents and loan officers. Homebuyers spend up to 6 minutes more viewing an MLS listing featuring RatePlug than one without. For loan officers, NAR research shows that 74% of homebuyers use the lender referred to by their REALTOR. Most importantly, agents using RatePlug sell homes faster, experiencing 15% fewer Days on Market (from list to contract date) than agents who do not use RatePlug

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