The rather densely reasoned Prop 218 requirements for sending in a protest ballot should you choose to do so are somewhat explained on a page on the City of Sierra Madre website called "Transparency." There is a link you can click on for some information. Here is that link. Do you understand the information that is found there? Does it make sense go you?
Below is a screen shot of some of the verbiage found when you click on the words "Proposition 218 Ballot Process." Here is the link.
Do you understand what is being said there? When looking at the ballot that was sent to you, was all of the information clear and comprehensible as required? Are you in agreement with that information? Do you believe the new dollar figures are fair and reasonable?
Do you know the difference between a "charge" and a "fee?" Which would affect you in this case?
Apparently you are being asked to do something with your property's Assessor Parcel Number. Do you know what that is, or what you need to do with it? The link provided to help you locate that number can be found here. When you click on that link, this is what comes up.
In order to find the assessor parcel number of my old address I believe I did as asked.
After entering that address, I clicked on the "find address" box 10 times. Each time nothing happened. Without that Assessor Parcel Number would I still be allowed to participate in the Prop 218 process? Since this site where Los Angeles County shows that it values "people and property" is not functioning like it should, where would I turn next?
Do you feel that things are being made easier or more difficult for you on the city's Transparency page? Was it designed to encourage or discourage your participation?
Here is the question again. While I am sure all of the above meets the minimum legal requirements for the Prop 218 process as determined by the City Attorney, is the word "transparency" really being properly used here?