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Major Threats to Prop. 13 and Homeowners

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Bills That Threaten Homeowners and Small Businesses Are Currently Moving Through the Legislature!

The new Legislature is dominated by pro-tax politicians, and bills that undermine the taxpayer protections in Proposition 13 have been introduced and are being heard in committees. If approved, these bills could cost every property owner thousands of dollars annually.

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Assembly Constitutional Amendment 4 (ACA 4), Jim Frazier (D—Solano County): Lowers the threshold for the imposition, extension or increase of local transportation special taxes from the Proposition 13-mandated two-thirds vote to 55%. Most transportation special tax increases consist of very regressive sales tax hikes. These add to the burden of California taxpayers who already pay the highest state sales tax in the nation. Some municipalities in California have sales tax rates at or even over ten percent. Considering that these special taxes remain in place for decades, well after the local elected officials that oppose them term out of office, maintaining the higher two-thirds supermajority threshold is imperative. ACA 4 is presently in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and needs a two-thirds vote of all Assembly Members to move to the State Senate.

Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 (SCA 5), Loni Hancock (D—Berkeley) and Holly Mitchell (D—Los Angeles): As amended in June 2015, SCA 5 will reassess the property taxes of practically all commercial property, including small business, up to fair market value by 2018. According to a recent study conducted by Pepperdine University, if approved SCA 5 will result in over 400,000 lost jobs in the first five years it is in place. Also, while single family homes, apartments, and farms are exempt from the provisions of SCA 5, we remain concerned that any attempt to diminish Proposition 13 and its one percent property tax cap for business will also eventually arrive at the doorstep of homeowners. Proponents have already made it clear that this is part of their agenda. This Constitutional Amendment is waiting to be heard in the State Senate Government and Finance Committee.

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MAJOR THREATS to Proposition 13 and homeowners