QUORUM CALL

The state Senate signed off on an exception to state-imposed levy limits on local governments and another bill that would make it easier for municipalities to seek more property tax revenue through referendums.

Currently, some municipalities collect fees from neighboring communities to provide ambulance services. Those fees now count toward the state-imposed revenue limits that restrict how much they can collect in property taxes.

AB 472 would no longer count those fees toward the levy limits.

Meanwhile, AB 310 would allow local governments to use estimates rather than official figures as they write referendum questions seeking to exceed the state-imposed caps.

The Department of Revenue notifies local governments each August what their limit will be. That, in turn, is used as municipalities build their budgets that fall. But they need all of that information to write a referendum question

School districts already have that option.

Both measures passed by voice vote.

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