Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS® President 2000
October 22, 2000
The California Association of REALTORS® has been working towards this election month of since January because of our commitment to the process and to the importance of every vote.
We have taken our political stance in our state ballot initiatives and we would like to share them with you. These stances represent the votes of 1200 directors representing 92,000 REALTORS® statewide.
Our deliberations began in Los Angeles in January, went through June in Sacramento and ended in Palm Springs in September. Proposition 39 was brought back from the June meeting for re-consideration at our September meeting.
We would like to share our points of view with you. Please keep in mind that not all of our members share the majority viewpoint, we honor that and encourage debate always.
The REALTOR® community takes pride in what we do, and we take very seriously our commitment to protecting property rights. We try to balance that with insuring home ownership for every person who desires to own one.
For those propositions we neither support nor oppose, we conclude they are not real estate related or we remain neutral because we cannot agree on what position to take.
Prop 32: Veterans’ Bond Act of 2000.
Summary: This act provides for a bond issue of five hundred million dollars ($500,000,000) to provide financing for the California veterans’ farm and home purchase program (Cal-Vet).
PROPOSITION 35: Public Works Projects. Use of Private Contractors for Engineering and Architectural Services.
Summary: This proposition provides that in the design, development, and construction of public works projects, state and local governments may choose to contract with private entities for engineering and architectural services.
PROPOSITION 39: School Facilities. 55% Local Vote. Bonds. Taxes. Accountability Requirements.
Summary: This proposition authorizes the issuance of bonds for repair, construction, or replacement of school facilities if approved by 55% of the applicable jurisdiction’s voters.
New accountability requirements include annual performance and financial audits. Prohibits the use of bonds for salaries or other school operating expenses. Requires that facilities be available to public charter schools. Authorizes property taxes higher than existing 1% limit by 55% vote, rather than two-thirds currently required, as necessary to pay the bonds.
This debate was lively. The common thread among the real estate community is the quality of the schools. The most common first question of anyone exploring a community is “How good are your schools?”
It is generally agreed the school bonds will pass if they are well written and unencumbered with pork barrel projects. It is also well known that well written bonds can fail but for 2 to 10% of the vote necessary to pass them.
The argument against Prop. 39 is that lowering the threshold for new taxes fails to protect property rights and it creates a burden on property owners.
However, the vast majority of our directors argued that property owners are well served if the schools that serve the community are in top condition.
As the tides change, so do campaigns, candidates and promises. REALTORS® are here for the long haul. Our Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS® is a wealth of member commitment and involvement. We share our responsibilities and opportunities with REALTOR® members who believe in our common threads and the code of ethics.
There is a difference among licensed real estate agents. Choose a REALTOR® first. There is a difference.
We have just announced that Randy McCaslin is our new Association Executive. He is a long time REALTOR® in West Ventura County and will be on board on October 23.
Randy competed against a field of 25 other candidates for this position.
Kay Runnion our interim CEO will return to her position as Government Affairs Directors. To Kay, we say “Welcome back”.
To Randy McCaslin, we say, “Welcome home.”
Kay Wilson-Bolton is president of the Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS®. For more information contact Randy McCaslin, Association Executive, at 805.981.2100. The website is http://www.vc-realtors.com.