An important measure is on the local ballot. The community wants answers about impacts. The local agency wants to provide those answers. What can and can’t the agency do? The materials in this section explain the restrictions on using public resources (including staff time, agency supplies and other resources paid for with taxpayer dollars) for ballot measure activities.
California public agencies that engage in ballot measure activities need to be aware of California Fair Political Practices Commission rules. Note that these restrictions apply both before and after a measure qualifies for the ballot.
Although the Institute endeavors to help local officials understand technical and legal concepts that apply to their public service, these materials are not technical or legal advice. Officials are encouraged to consult technical experts, attorneys and/or relevant regulatory authorities for up-to-date information and advice on specific situations.