You can make a difference by writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in support of Prop. 13 and against recent proposals to repeal portions of this critical taxpayer protection. Use your own words and share what Proposition 13 means to you and your community. The points below are provided as a guide.
Please keep in mind that most newspapers limit published letters to no more than 250 words. You will find mail and e-mail addresses for major California newspapers at the bottom of this page.
Proposition 13 benefits all Californians and has saved many from losing their homes.
Prior to the adoption of Proposition 13, California’s raging inflation had sent property tax bills in California soaring so high that many families had to sell their homes because they could not afford to pay their taxes.
Following the passage of Proposition 13, the average homeowner has saved tens of thousands of dollars in property tax payments, money that was able to be spent in the economy to create jobs and foster economic development.
Proposition 13 stabilized revenue in California.
Proposition 13 benefits state and local governments by providing a predictable flow of revenue. The volatility of income and sales tax revenue to the state and local governments is a major flaw in California’s tax system, while Proposition 13 has rendered California’s property taxes as a stable and predictable source of public revenue, even during economic downturns, which has provided a major benefit to local governments throughout California.
California’s taxes are already among the highest in the nation, and government waste is a major problem.
California’s sales taxes and personal income taxes are rated as the highest in the nation by the Tax Foundation. Our gas tax is second highest and corporate taxes are the highest in the West. And even with Proposition 13, California property taxes are not low, ranking 19th highest in the nation.
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s Follow the Money Report has documented billions of dollars in waste, fraud and abuse in California state government, including such examples as $194 million in uncollected bills at the state toxics agency, $848 million in overpayments by the CalWORKs program and $80 million in illegal money transfers. Why should we raise taxes if government cannot spend responsibly the money it already receives?
Save California jobs! “Split roll” property tax would raise taxes by $6 billion and kill hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Some people have suggested raising taxes by eliminating Proposition 13 protections for businesses, which they call a “split-roll property tax,” but a recent Pepperdine University study concluded that such a plan would raise taxes by $6 billion.
The cost to the California economy of this property tax increase would total $71.8 billion of lost output and 396,345 lost jobs over the first five years of a split-roll property tax scheme.
The cost of a split roll would be especially damaging to small and minority-owned businesses. These business owners typically lease their properties and would be faced with rent increases when tax increases are passed on by their landlords.
Mail and E-mail Addresses for Major California Newspapers
|Sacramento Bee||2100 Q St.|
Sacramento, CA 95816
|The Daily Democrat||711 Main St.|
Woodland, CA 95695
|Mountain Democrat||2889 Ray Lawyer Dr.|
Placerville, CA 95667
|Click here for letter submittal form.||15,000|
|Auburn Journal||1030 High St.|
Auburn, CA 95603
San Francisco Bay Area
|San Francisco Chronicle||901 Mission St.|
San Francisco, CA 94103
|Click here for letter submittal form.||424,000|
|Contra Costa Times||175 Lennon Ln., Suite 100|
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
|Oakland Tribune||1970 Broadway, Suite 100|
Oakland, CA 94612
|San Francisco Examiner||835 Market St., Suite 550|
San Francisco, CA 94103-1906
|Ventura County Star||P.O. Box 6006|
Camarillo, CA 93011-6006
|Santa Barbara News-Press||P.O. Box 1359|
Santa Barbara, CA 93102
|The Tribune||P.O. Box 112 |
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
|Santa Barbara Independent||122 W. Figueroa St.|
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3106
|Stockton Record||P.O. Box 900|
Stockton, CA 95201
|Fresno Bee||1626 E St.|
Fresno, CA 93786-0001
|Click here for letter submittal form.||157,456|
|Modesto Bee||1325 H St.|
Modesto, CA 95354-2427
|Click here for letter submittal form.||86,000|
|Bakersfield Californian||P.O. Box 440|
Bakersfield, CA 93302-0440
|Click here for letter submittal form.||70,000|
Los Angeles County
|Los Angeles Times||202 W. 1st St.|
Los Angeles, CA 90012-4299
|Click here for letter submittal form.||983,000|
|Santa Monica Daily Press||1640 5th St., Suite 218|
Santa Monica, CA 90401-3325
|Los Angeles Daily News||21860 Burbank Blvd., Suite 200|
Woodland Hills, CA 91367-7439
|Long Beach Press-Telegram||727 Pine Ave.|
Long Beach, CA 90813-4321
Other Southern California
|Orange County Register||625 N. Grand Ave.|
Santa Ana, CA 92701-4347
|San Diego Union-Tribune||P.O. Box 120191|
San Diego, CA 92112-0191
|Riverside Press Enterprise||1825 Chicago Ave., Suite 100|
Riverside, CA 92507-2373
|Click here for letter submittal form.||149,608|
|San Bernardino Sun||290 N. D St., Suite 102|
San Bernardino, CA 92401-1734
To find contact information for other California newspapers, visit www.usnpl.com.