California law gives citizens powerful tools to pass laws, overturn laws and recall politicians at the local and state levels.
The Calaveras Local Fire Protection Tax Initiative uses the petition process to put a proposed law before voters. In September, 2021, the petition will be ready to begin circulation. The proponents then have six months to gather enough signatures to place the measure before voters. To qualify, the petition must receive at least 2,161 valid signatures. That number is equal to 10 percent of the number of ballots cast in Calaveras County during the last gubernatorial election in 2018.
If the petition receives at least 4,322 valid signatures (equal to 20 percent of the ballots cast in the 2018 gubernatorial election here), then the initiative could go to voters as soon as a special election at the end of August, 2022. Because it is less expensive to consolidate the election with the November General Election, however, it is likely that county officials would choose to consolidate the vote on the Calaveras Local Fire Protection Tax Initiative with the General Election.
If a majority of Calaveras County voters vote for the Calaveras Local Fire Protection Tax initiative, then it will be come law.