SACRAMENTO — Acting Secretary of State Tony Miller has warned the Legislature and Gov. Pete Wilson that time is running out to approve a $1.05-billion bond issue to help pay for Northridge earthquake repair work.
The legislators must act soon, Miller said, if the bond measure backed by the governor is to be placed on the June primary election ballot.
The Feb. 22 deadline has passed for including information about the pending bond act in the regular ballot pamphlet to be sent to voters. Miller said a description of the proposed bond issue will have to be included in a supplemental pamphlet to be printed and mailed at additional cost.
The earthquake repair bond issue must pass both houses by a two-thirds majority to qualify for the June ballot.
Wilson has said he prefers bond financing for earthquake costs rather than increasing taxes to meet the state's share of quake repairs. For the federal share, Congress approved and President Clinton signed into law an $8.6-billion earthquake aid relief package.