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Did you mistakenly sign a petition for an initiative that would raise property taxes?

Signature gatherers who have set up tables outside supermarkets and at other locations have sometimes posted signs that read, “Protect Prop. 13” or “Property Tax Break.” But those signs are false or highly misleading. If you signed either or both of these petitions and wish to withdraw your signature, download the forms below.

INITIATIVE #19-0003

Initiative #19-0003 has some good elements, but on balance it is a property tax increase.

This measure, sponsored by the California Association of Realtors, changes Proposition 60 (1986) and Proposition 90 (1988) to allow more opportunities for older homeowners to transfer their current property tax assessment to a replacement home. Additionally, it clarifies the definition of “change of ownership” for property owned by a legal entity such as a corporation.

However, initiative #19-0003 also repeals Proposition 58 (1986) and Proposition 193 (1996), ending the exclusion from reassessment for property transferred between parents and children or grandparents and grandchildren. This is a tax increase. Properties transferred within families would be reassessed to market value unless used as the primary residence of the new owner.

Initiative #19-0003 has been given the following title by Attorney General Xavier Becerra:

CHANGES REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFERRING PROPERTY TAX BASE TO REPLACEMENT PROPERTY. EXPANDS BUSINESS PROPERTY REASSESSMENT.

If you signed a petition to place initiative #19-0003 on the statewide ballot, you have the right to withdraw your signature. Simply complete the form below, sign it (be sure to sign your name exactly as you are registered to vote), detach the form and mail it to the Registrar of Voters in the county where you live. The addresses are on the second page of this document.

INITIATIVE #19-0008

Initiative #19-0008 changes Proposition 13 and raises property taxes on business properties.

It is a tax increase of approximately $9–12 billion per year on supermarkets, gas stations, office buildings, hotels, restaurants, movie theaters, car washes, self-storage facilities, factories, warehouses, sports stadiums, shopping malls and just about every other type of business property in California. These properties would lose the protection of Proposition 13, leading to massive tax increases on businesses, and likely resulting in higher prices for consumers.

Initiative #19-0008 has been given the following title by Attorney General Xavier Becerra:

INCREASES FUNDING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY COLLEGES, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES BY CHANGING TAX ASSESSMENT OF COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY.

If you signed a petition to place initiative #19-0008 on the statewide ballot, you have the right to withdraw your signature. Simply complete the form below, sign it (be sure to sign your name exactly as you are registered to vote), detach the form and mail it to the Registrar of Voters in the county where you live. The addresses are on the second page of this document.

 
 
 
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