SANTA MONICA, Calif.--State lawmakers in California seem more willing nowadays to draft legislation to expand the use of special assessments, while a taxpayer watchdog group believes voters should have the final say on their imposition, attendees at a public finance conference were told Friday.

Peter M. Detwiler, principal consultant to the state Senate Local Government Committee, recapped several bills pending late last week before Gov. Pete Wilson that would authorize the use of assessments for such atypical purposes as cleaning up graffiti and funding library services.

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