Keep the double majority

By Richard Leonetti,

The so called “double majority” provision is not part of a “local logjam”, but an important protection for the taxpayer. In even numbered years, when congressional and presidential elections occur, participation is much larger and a simple majority is all that is required.

What the double majority prevents is a dedicated minority group slipping through their pet tax increase on elections with light participation where they, and their special interest friends, can dominate the voting during other elections.

It makes for better planning by forcing money measures to appear together in even numbered years when no such requirement exists. Just as the legislature plans spending every two years, the taxpayer can see the total effect of all money measures at the same time and make a much more informed decision.

In odd numbered years, the Legislature is in session and can deal with money problems, so every year has a potential solution for money woes.