Will being a Charter City increase the chances the City will go bankrupt?

There is no documented causal connection between charter city status and bankruptcy. There are very few instances of California cities filing for bankruptcy. Both charter cities and general law cities have used bankruptcy proceedings. The proposed El Cerrito Charter authorizes the City to use additional tools to raise revenue for important services but makes no changes to existing local law that would alter how the City spends its funds. The City is audited annually by an independent auditor and has a Financial Advisory Board of residents that looks at the City’s budget, audits, and financial policies.  Additional revenues can help to build a reserve fund and long-term financial stability we need.

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1. What is a charter city?
2. Why is El Cerrito considering becoming a charter city?
3. How will El Cerrito become a charter city?
4. When will residents vote on this measure?
5. What is a Real Property Transfer Tax or RPPT?
6. Are there other charter cities in the Bay Area?
7. As a homeowner, will I have to pay the Measure V tax every year?
8. Will I have to pay the Real Property Transfer Tax if I gift my home to a family member, place it in a Family Trust, or leave it to my children as inheritance?
9. What can the revenue be used for? Why is it not guaranteed for specific services or improvements?
10. Will we get any additional or increased services if Measure V passes?
11. Will the Real Property Transfer Tax directly impact property values?
12. Will the Real Property Transfer Tax negatively impact the proceeds from a sale of a home in El Cerrito?
13. Will being a Charter City increase the chances the City will go bankrupt?
14. Will Measure V cause rents to increase?
15. Will sales of commercial property also be subject to the tax?
16. Why did the City place Measure V on the ballot? Is it really about the Real Property Transfer Tax?