An appellate court panel appeared skeptical Tuesday about whether restrictions on government bodies passing taxes also applies to voters themselves.
If the court rules they don’t, it could mean that the 2018 parks tax initiative that Fresno voters seemingly rejected, could pass after all.
A three-judge panel of the Fresno-based California 5th District Court of Appeal heard one hour of oral arguments Tuesday through video teleconference.
At issue was Measure P, which divided the community and appeared to fail because it did not muster two-thirds of the popular vote. But the court is considering whether Measure P only needed a simple majority to pass.
The judges have not yet made a ruling and did not offer a timetable when their decision could be released.
An attorney involved in the case expects it to wind up in the state’s highest court.