Gann Appropriations Limit

The Gann Limit was approved on November 6, 1979, by California voters. Under the Gann Limit, a maximum amount is established for tax-funded government services. That amount is to be adjusted each year depending on changes in state population, inflation and the transfer of financial responsibility for various government activities from one level of government to another.  Any significant amount of state tax revenue received above that Gann Limit is to lead to future tax rebates or tax cuts.

Every June, along with budget adoption, Santa Monica's City Council adopts a resolution establishing the Gann appropriations limit for the City of Santa Monica.

Gann Limit calculation can be found in biennial budget documents, and in the annual staff report to Council for budget adoption. Links to the past five years of Gann appropriations limits are below:

The FY 2019-20 Gann Limit Calculation can be found in the FY 2019-21 Proposed Operating Budget (page 401).