In my hometown there is an election next month for several propositions put forth. The second proposition would require any "new councilmanic tax" to be approved by the city council with a majority+1 vote.
The voter's guide for the election defines a councilmanic tax (in this case) to be:
A tax for which the City Council has the authority to levy but has not or is granted to the city council after March 1, 2013. A councilmanic tax does not include fees, rates and charges, or special assessments such a building permit fees, utility rates or LID assessments.
So, I take it that a councilmanic tax is one which the council had a legal right to levy but just had not up until now. Is this generally what the term "councilmanic tax" refers to?
I had never heard this term until I read the election ballot and I am curious about its implications and history. My hometown is in the USA, Washington State.