The loss of local tax revenues that came with the passage of Proposition 13 made it much harder for existing cities to raise money they need. It would have been reasonable therefore to assume that the tax initiative would discourage the creation of new cities.
But after the Orange County Board of Supervisors' recent action to stop paying for services like street sweeping and park maintenance to 15 south county communities, it became clear that Proposition 13, and the supervisors' reaction to money problems, might well turn out to be the spark for a wave of incorporation.
The board action at least has some communities, like Mission Viejo, considering cityhood. That in itself is not new. Annexation tremors have been rumbling for years through the Saddleback Valley communities of Leisure World, El Toro, Lake Forest and Laguna Niguel. Some people have even suggested that the entire valley incorporate into one giant city.
By putting 15 unincorporated communities on notice that the county would no longer be paying for certain municipal services, the supervisors have given their residents a new reason to consider whether it would be better to live with less service, pay more taxes to a special district to get additional services or form their own cities.