The California Constitution requires that city residents approve increased expenditures every four years. So voters need to approve Measure V1.
The measure doesn’t actually change anything. Approving V1 simply gives the city the authority to use the money it collects in taxes for services such as emergency response, public works and health care, among others.
If Berkeley residents don’t vote yes, the city will retain its authority to tax residents but not have the power to use any of the money — a ridiculous prospect.
The measure was passed unanimously by City Council because only a fool would be against it. It’s just procedural — a kind of annoying thing that voters have to think about every four years and approve, lest they find themselves in a city that can’t utilize its revenue.
Berkeley voters have to say yes to V1 to ensure the continuation of essential city services.
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