Months-Long Effort Yields Nearly 200,000 Californians Calling On Governor, Legislature To Protect Prop 13

 

MONTHS-LONG EFFORT YIELDS NEARLY 200,000 CALIFORNIANS CALLING ON GOVERNOR, LEGISLATURE TO PROTECT PROP 13

Supporters urge governor to preserve landmark initiative

SACRAMENTO, CA – Culminating a months-long effort to educate and remind California voters about the importance of Prop 13, Fight for Prop 13 coalition members announced today that nearly 200,000 Californians, social justice and civil rights organizations, taxpayers, veterans, small businesses and community leaders are calling on Governor Gavin Newsom and the Legislature to preserve the landmark initiative. Today, members of the diverse coalition will deliver the remaining petitions completed by voters across the state to the governor’s office and end their public education effort. The petitions urge the governor and State Legislature to protect Prop 13. In December, coalition members dropped off petitions at 16 legislative district offices and in August they delivered more than 40,000 petitions to the governor.

“Tariffs, the impact of climate change and other influences are causing great distress among California’s farmers and putting at risk the certainty of growing crops and raising livestock,” stated State Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton). “These difficulties are not entirely of California’s making. However, dismantling Prop 13 and, by doing so, unnecessarily putting farmers at risk is entirely avoidable. Protecting Prop 13 is worth the fight.”

For more than 40 years, Prop 13 has provided property tax certainty to homeowners, renters and businesses. Under Prop 13, general property taxes for both residential and business properties are calculated based on 1 percent of the purchase price. Annual increases in property valuations are capped at 2 percent per year, which helps provide certainty to homeowners and businesses that they will be able to afford their property in the future.

“As a lifelong Democrat, I realize it’s not politically correct to voice support for Prop 13, yet it is important to speak out, especially now,” commented Peter Kelly, former chair of the California Democratic Party. “The facts are clear – Prop 13 has provided many benefits and much peace of mind to millions of hardworking Californians, which is no small thing. Targeting Prop 13 now could wind up being a colossal mistake for Democrats.”

Prop 13 also benefits renters, small businesses and all Californians by preventing skyrocketing increases in property taxes that get passed along to tenants and consumers in the form of higher rent and higher costs for goods and services. 

“Prop 13 is not only vital to helping people of color in California realize the dream of homeownership, but it is also important to the success of minority-owned businesses,” said Joe Coto, former Democratic Assembly member and chair of the Latino Caucus. “For more than 40 years Prop 13 has been a stable and growing source of revenue for our schools and for local governments across the state.”

“Today’s delivery of petitions to Governor Newsom’s office concludes our successful efforts for 2019 to organize and galvanize a diverse group of Californians that includes state and local elected officials, social justice organizations, community groups and small business all focused around one thing – protecting Prop 13 from increasing attacks. We will continue this education effort in the future as new threats arise that would undermine the critical protections Prop 13 provides all Californians,” concluded Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable.

Petition Language:

For more than 40 years, Prop 13 has provided property tax certainty to homeowners, renters and small businesses. It benefits all Californians by preventing skyrocketing increases in property taxes that get passed along to tenants and consumers in the form of higher rent and higher costs for goods and services.

Unfortunately, there are a number of attempts to undermine Prop 13 and increase property taxes in California.

Californians are already struggling to afford housing, food and transportation, and more people are living in poverty than any other state. At a time when too many families are living paycheck to paycheck, we simply cannot afford higher property taxes and higher costs for the goods and services we buy. Please reject any proposals that attack Prop 13.

About the Fight for Prop 13

Fight for Prop 13 is a grassroots coalition of consumers, homeowners, renters, veterans, senior citizens, taxpayers, small businesses, social justice and faith-based organizations throughout California committed to fighting increased property taxes, which would make California’s affordability crisis and high tax burden even worse. We educate voters on the benefits of Prop 13 and activate them to oppose attacks on Prop 13 from the legislature, courts or state and local ballot measures.

To learn more about the Fight 4 Prop 13 Coalition, go to www.FightForProp13.org

Michael Bustamante
916.425.0839
[email protected]

Matt Klink
310.283.6267
[email protected]

More Than 200,000 Californians Call On Governor Newsom, Legislators To Protect Prop 13 – San Diego

 

MORE THAN 200,000 CALIFORNIANS CALL ON GOVERNOR NEWSOM,
LEGISLATORS TO PROTECT PROP 13

Prop 13 coalition members will deliver more than 2,700 petitions to San Diego area Legislators

SAN DIEGO, CA – Culminating a months-long effort to educate California voters about Prop 13 and to remind them of the initiative’s importance, the Fight for Prop 13 coalition announced today that more than 200,000 Californians are urging members of the California Legislature to protect Prop 13. Members of the Fight for Prop 13 coalition will drop off petitions at legislative district offices throughout California in December, including Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (1,274 petitions); and Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath (1,450 petitions). The petition drop will conclude in January 2020 after delivering petitions to Governor Gavin Newsom. Earlier this week more than 8,200 petitions were delivered to legislators in Los Angeles and Orange counties, along with more than 6,300 petitions in Bakersfield and Kern County.

“Today’s delivery of constituent petitions in San Diego, and across Southern California this past week, highlights our successful effort to organize and galvanize a diverse group of Californians that includes state and local elected officials, social justice organizations, community groups and small business all focused around one thing – protecting Prop 13 from increasing attacks,” stated Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable.

Voters throughout California, either online or through the mail, signed a petition that will be dropped off to individual legislators. Part of the petition states, “We simply cannot afford higher property taxes and higher costs for the goods and services we buy. Please reject any proposals that attack Prop 13.” See below for the petition’s full text.

“Prop 13 has proven to be a predictable, stable and growing source of revenue for government. This year, property taxes will provide more than $5.5 billion in revenue to fund our schools, libraries, law enforcement and parks,” said San Diego County Assessor Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr. “Thanks to the predictable increases set forth in Prop 13 our property tax revenue has empowered government to ensure annual funding for these vital social service programs. Before prop 13 property, taxpayers would not know if they could afford their rapidly increasing bills and government could not plan due to a budget that could bust with the economy. Prop 13 is good fiscal policy that helps smooth out the boom and bust cycles of our economy, providing critical funding stability to essential services.”

Added Chris Cate, San Diego City Councilmember, “For more than 40 years, Proposition 13 has provided property tax certainty to California homeowners, renters and businesses. San Diego County residents and businesses have relied on Prop 13’s protections. From a city perspective, San Diego has been the beneficiary of billions of dollars in tax revenues assessed on residential and commercial properties that we have been able to use for public safety, schools, and parks across the city and county.”

Prop 13 also benefits renters, small businesses and all Californians by preventing skyrocketing increases in property taxes that get passed along to tenants and consumers in the form of higher rent and higher costs for goods and services. Annual increases in property valuations are capped at 2 percent per year, which helps provide certainty to homeowners and businesses that they will be able to afford their property in the future.

“Prop 13 is critical to ensure small businesses can afford to keep their doors open” said John Kabateck, State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business – California. “A recent NFIB study found that only 22 percent of small businesses own the property on which they operate and the remainder lease or rent their property. Without Prop 13’s protections, property owners will have no choice but to pass along higher property taxes to their small business tenants.”

“Asian-owned businesses in San Diego County generate more than $4 billion in gross sales and over $1 billion in annual payroll, making us one of the largest economic engines for small business in southern California”, said Jason Paguio, President and CEO of the Asian Business Association of San Diego. “Eliminating Prop 13 will have a detrimental impact on API small businesses and the more than 50,000 workers they employ in San Diego County.”

California has a $22 billion budget surplus and more than $20 billion in general fund reserves. The state also boasts some of the nation’s highest taxes. Destroying Prop 13 and increasing property taxes will only make California’s tax burden and cost of living even worse. California has:

  • Highest state income tax – California’s top personal income tax rate is 13.3%. Most small businesses generally pay their business taxes at the personal income tax rate.
  • Highest state sales tax – California has a 7.25% state sales and use tax, the nation’s highest. Local governments can (and do) levy additional sales and use taxes.
  • Highest gasoline tax – California’s state taxes and fees on gasoline total 62.05-cents per gallon, according to an October 2019 report by the American Petroleum Institute.
  • Second worst state business tax climate according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation’s 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of California and the communities in which we do business. As a small business owner who rents, doing away with Prop 13 would be devastating to me and my ability to make ends meet. I signed a petition to make sure our lawmakers know how important Prop 13 is to me and many other San Diegans just like me who work every day to meet a payroll and pay the bills,” concluded Ann Kinner, owner of Seabreeze Nautical Books and Charts and past chair of NFIB California.

Petition Language:

For more than 40 years, Prop 13 has provided property tax certainty to homeowners, renters and small businesses. It benefits all Californians by preventing skyrocketing increases in property taxes that get passed along to tenants and consumers in the form of higher rent and higher costs for goods and services.

Unfortunately, there are a number of attempts to undermine Prop 13 and increase property taxes in California. 

Californians are already struggling to afford housing, food and transportation, and more people are living in poverty than any other state. At a time when too many families are living paycheck to paycheck, we simply cannot afford higher property taxes and higher costs for the goods and services we buy. Please reject any proposals that attack Prop 13.

About the Fight for Prop 13

Fight for Prop 13 is a grassroots coalition of consumers, homeowners, renters, veterans, senior citizens, taxpayers, small businesses, social justice and faith-based organizations throughout California committed to fighting increased property taxes, which would make California’s affordability crisis and high tax burden even worse. We educate voters on the benefits of Prop 13 and activate them to oppose attacks on Prop 13 from the legislature, courts or state and local ballot measures.

To learn more about the Fight 4 Prop 13 Coalition, go to www.FightForProp13.org

Michael Bustamante
916.425.0839
[email protected]

More Than 200,000 Californians Call On Governor Newsom, Legislators To Protect Prop 13 – Los Angeles

 

MORE THAN 200,000 CALIFORNIANS CALL ON GOVERNOR NEWSOM,
LEGISLATORS TO PROTECT PROP 13

Fight for Prop 13 coalition members will deliver more than 8,200 petitions to Southern California Legislators

LOS ANGELES – Culminating a months-long effort to educate California voters about Prop 13 and to remind them of the initiative’s importance, the Fight for Prop 13 coalition announced today that more than 200,000 Californians are urging members of the California Legislature to protect Prop 13. Members of the Fight for Prop 13 coalition will drop off petitions at legislative district offices throughout California in December, including Assemblywoman Christina Garcia (936 petitions); Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell (1,230 petitions); Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (1,233 petitions); Assemblyman Tom Daly (657 petitions); Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (1,270 petitions); Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (1,129 petitions); and State Senator Tom Umberg (1,810 petition). The petition drop will conclude in January 2020 after delivering petitions to Governor Gavin Newsom.

“Today’s delivery of constituent petitions in Southern California highlights our successful effort to organize and galvanize a diverse group of Californians that includes state and local elected officials, social justice organizations, community groups and small business all focused around one thing – protecting Prop 13 from increasing attacks,” stated Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable.

Voters throughout California, either online or through the mail, signed a petition that will be dropped off to individual legislators. Part of the petition states, “We simply cannot afford higher property taxes and higher costs for the goods and services we buy. Please reject any proposals that attack Prop 13.” See below for the petition’s full text.

“For the past decade, BizFed’s membership has consistently ranked taxes as its top business concern,” added Tracy Hernandez, founding CEO, Los Angeles County Business Federation. “Efforts to destroy Prop 13 and the valuable protections it provides to residential, commercial and industrial property owners makes no sense and will only make California’s affordability crisis that much more challenging.”

“All people of color, seniors, especially African American homeowners and small businesses have benefited significantly from Prop 13’s passage for more than 40 years” added Naomi Pierson Erdmann, President of the NAACP Long Beach. “Moving away or weakening Prop 13’s benefits would add to the already burdensome cost of living and could likely be the difference between keeping the lights on for many small businesses. That’s why voters across the Los Angeles area are so motivated to protect Prop 13.”

For more than 40 years, Prop 13 has provided property tax certainty to homeowners, renters and businesses. Under Prop 13, general property taxes for both residential and business properties are calculated based on 1 percent of the purchase price. Annual increases in property valuations are capped at 2 percent per year, which helps provide certainty to homeowners and businesses that they will be able to afford their property in the future.

Prop 13 also benefits renters, small businesses and all Californians by preventing skyrocketing increases in property taxes that get passed along to tenants and consumers in the form of higher rent and higher costs for goods and services.

California has a $22 billion budget surplus and more than $20 billion in general fund reserves. The state also boasts some of the nation’s highest taxes. Destroying Prop 13 and increasing property taxes will only make California’s tax burden and cost of living even worse. California has:

  • Highest state income tax – California’s top personal income tax rate is 13.3%. Most small businesses generally pay their business taxes at the personal income tax rate.
  • Highest state sales tax – California has a 7.25% state sales and use tax, the nation’s highest. Local governments can (and do) levy additional sales and use taxes.
  • Highest gasoline tax – California’s state taxes and fees on gasoline total 62.05-cents per gallon, according to an October 2019 report by the American Petroleum Institute.
  • Second worst state business tax climate according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation’s 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index.

“Thousands of Southern Californians, Democrats and Republicans alike, signed the petition to let their elected representatives know how important Prop 13 is to them and their communities,” said Reuben D. Franco, CEO, Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, “For many small businesses Prop 13 has been a vital tool, helping them protect their bottom line by providing certainty with business costs. As consumers, we should all be thankful that Prop 13 has enabled businesses to keep taxes stable and prices in check.”

“Proposition 13 is the backbone tax protection for California homeowners, renters and small businesses. For decades it has helped our residents stay in their homes and ensured that any new taxes are held to a high standard before being enacted,” concluded Joe Vinatieri, mayor, City of Whittier. “We must guard against any effort to erode these protections and ensure that future generations have the same protections.”

Petition Language:

For more than 40 years, Prop 13 has provided property tax certainty to homeowners, renters and small businesses. It benefits all Californians by preventing skyrocketing increases in property taxes that get passed along to tenants and consumers in the form of higher rent and higher costs for goods and services.

Unfortunately, there are a number of attempts to undermine Prop 13 and increase property taxes in California. 

Californians are already struggling to afford housing, food and transportation, and more people are living in poverty than any other state. At a time when too many families are living paycheck to paycheck, we simply cannot afford higher property taxes and higher costs for the goods and services we buy. Please reject any proposals that attack Prop 13.

About the Fight for Prop 13

Fight for Prop 13 is a grassroots coalition of consumers, homeowners, renters, veterans, senior citizens, taxpayers, small businesses, social justice and faith-based organizations throughout California committed to fighting increased property taxes, which would make California’s affordability crisis and high tax burden even worse. We educate voters on the benefits of Prop 13 and activate them to oppose attacks on Prop 13 from the legislature, courts or state and local ballot measures.

To learn more about the Fight 4 Prop 13 Coalition, go to www.FightForProp13.org

Michael Bustamante
916.425.0839
[email protected]

Matt Klink
310.283.6267
[email protected]

More Than 200,000 Californians Call On Governor Newsom, Legislators To Protect Prop 13 – Kern County

 

MORE THAN 200,000 CALIFORNIANS CALL ON GOVERNOR NEWSOM,
LEGISLATORS TO PROTECT PROP 13

Fight for Prop 13 coalition members will deliver more than 6,000 petitions to Kern County Legislators

BAKERSFIELD, CA – Culminating a months-long effort to educate California voters about Prop 13 and to remind them of the initiative’s importance, the Fight for Prop 13 coalition announced today that more than 200,000 Californians are urging members of the California Legislature to protect Prop 13. Members of the Fight for Prop 13 coalition will drop off petitions at legislative district offices throughout California in December, including Senator Melissa Hurtado (1,704 constituents), Senator Shannon Grove (2,359 petitions), Assemblyman Vince Fong (1,297 constituents) and Assemblyman Rudy Salas (1,081 constituents). The petition drop will conclude in January 2020 after delivering petitions to Governor Gavin Newsom.

“Today’s delivery of constituent petitions in Bakersfield and Kern County highlights our successful effort to organize and galvanize a diverse group of Californians that includes state and local elected officials, social justice organizations, community groups and small business all focused around one thing – protecting Prop 13 from increasing attacks,” stated Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable.

Voters throughout California, either online or through the mail, signed a petition that will be dropped off to individual legislators. Part of the petition states, “We simply cannot afford higher property taxes and higher costs for the goods and services we buy. Please reject any proposals that attack Prop 13.” See below for the petition’s full text.

“Small businesses like mine are sensitive to anything that increases our costs. Thankfully, Prop 13 has provided predictable and stable tax bills for more than 40 years. Efforts to undo Prop 13 would have profoundly negative effects on the thousands of small businesses represented by NFIB California,” stated Darrell Feil, owner, Abate-A-Weed, and chairman, NFIB California Leadership. “Every business deserves to know with certainty what their taxes will be, so they can keep their doors open, meet payroll and grow.”

“BizFed Central Valley represents businesses in all sectors of the Central Valley’s 37-cities and five counties. Our members are greatly concerned about efforts to destroy Prop 13.” Added Clint Olivier, executive director, Central Valley BizFed. “California already faces some of the nation’s highest taxes on gasoline, income and sales, not to mention heavy-handed regulations. Central Valley businesses can’t afford an even higher tax burden. BizFed Central Valley will fight to protect Prop 13.”

For more than 40 years, Prop 13 has provided property tax certainty to homeowners, renters and businesses. Under Prop 13, general property taxes for both residential and business properties are calculated based on 1 percent of the purchase price. Annual increases in property valuations are capped at 2 percent per year, which helps provide certainty to homeowners and businesses that they will be able to afford their property in the future.

Prop 13 also benefits renters, small businesses and all Californians by preventing skyrocketing increases in property taxes that get passed along to tenants and consumers in the form of higher rent and higher costs for goods and services.

California has a $22 billion budget surplus and more than $20 billion in general fund reserves. The state also boasts some of the nation’s highest taxes. Destroying Prop 13 and increasing property taxes will only make California’s tax burden and cost of living even worse. California has:

  • Highest state income tax – California’s top personal income tax rate is 13.3%. Most small businesses generally pay their business taxes at the personal income tax rate.
  • Highest state sales tax – California has a 7.25% state sales and use tax, the nation’s highest. Local governments can (and do) levy additional sales and use taxes.
  • Highest gasoline tax – California’s state taxes and fees on gasoline total 62.05-cents per gallon, according to an October 2019 report by the American Petroleum Institute.
  • Second worst state business tax climate according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation’s 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index.

“Proposition 13 has been, and remains, a vital tool to help Hispanic businesses in Kern County succeed,” commented Jenifer Pitcher, government affairs director, Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “More than 35% of all businesses in Kern County are Latino-owned, and a large percentage of them rent their place of business. Prop 13 helps keep the cost of owning and running a business in check and allows business owners large and small to provide good paying jobs. We intend to fight to keep Prop 13 intact.”

“The Greater Bakersfield Chamber will fight to protect Prop 13 and preserve its important taxpayer safeguards,” stated Kaelyn Peterson, manager, policy and public affairs, Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce. “Changing Prop 13 doesn’t only affect business’ bottom line; it also means more costs for everyday Californians. Higher property taxes will be passed along, forcing us to pay billions of dollars more for just about everything we buy or use, like rent, groceries, utilities, restaurants, prescriptions and healthcare, just to name a few. Our member businesses and neighbors can’t afford these costly attacks on Prop 13.”

Petition Language:

For more than 40 years, Prop 13 has provided property tax certainty to homeowners, renters and small businesses. It benefits all Californians by preventing skyrocketing increases in property taxes that get passed along to tenants and consumers in the form of higher rent and higher costs for goods and services.

Unfortunately, there are a number of attempts to undermine Prop 13 and increase property taxes in California.

Californians are already struggling to afford housing, food and transportation, and more people are living in poverty than any other state. At a time when too many families are living paycheck to paycheck, we simply cannot afford higher property taxes and higher costs for the goods and services we buy. Please reject any proposals that attack Prop 13.

About the Fight for Prop 13

Fight for Prop 13 is a grassroots coalition of consumers, homeowners, renters, veterans, senior citizens, taxpayers, small businesses, social justice and faith-based organizations throughout California committed to fighting increased property taxes, which would make California’s affordability crisis and high tax burden even worse. We educate voters on the benefits of Prop 13 and activate them to oppose attacks on Prop 13 from the legislature, courts or state and local ballot measures.

To learn more about the Fight 4 Prop 13 Coalition, go to www.FightForProp13.org

Michael Bustamante
916.425.0839
[email protected]om

Justin Salters
661.706.6427
[email protected]

More Than 200,000 Californians Call On Governor Newsom, Legislators To Protect Prop 13 – Sacramento

 

MORE THAN 200,000 CALIFORNIANS CALL ON GOVERNOR NEWSOM,
LEGISLATORS TO PROTECT PROP 13

Fight for Prop 13 coalition members will deliver petitions to Legislators

SACRAMENTO, CA – Culminating a months-long effort to educate California voters about Prop 13 and to remind them of the initiative’s importance, the Fight for Prop 13 coalition announced today that more than 200,000 Californians are urging members of the California Legislature to protect Prop 13. Members of the Fight for Prop 13 coalition will drop off petitions at legislative district offices throughout California in December, including Senator Bill Dodd (2,847 constituents), Senator Steve Glazer (2,246 petitions) and Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (1,076 constituents). The petition drop will conclude in January 2020 after delivering petitions to Governor Gavin Newsom.

Today’s delivery of constituent petitions in the East Bay and the Napa region highlights our successful effort to organize and galvanize a diverse group of Californians that includes state and local elected officials, social justice organizations, community groups and small business all focused around one thing – protecting Prop 13 from increasing attacks,” stated Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable.

Voters throughout California, either online or through the mail, signed a petition that will be dropped off to individual legislators. Part of the petition states, “We simply cannot afford higher property taxes and higher costs for the goods and services we buy. Please reject any proposals that attack Prop 13.” See below for the petition’s full text.

“Higher property taxes impact everything from gasoline to groceries and are the last thing California families need when we’re battling a housing crisis and a rising cost of living,” said Don Perata, former President pro Tem of the California State Senate. “For more than 40 years, Prop 13 has provided property tax certainty to homeowners, renters and small businesses. It’s not a stretch to say that efforts to change Prop 13’s protections now won’t lead to an effort to fully repeal Prop 13 in the future.”

“As a former legislator, I know how important it is to hear from my constituents and receive petitions such as this on important issues,” added Perata. “Knowing voters in my district took time out of their day to sign a petition or contact me showed they were truly committed to the issue.”

For more than 40 years, Prop 13 has provided property tax certainty to homeowners, renters and businesses. Under Prop 13, general property taxes for both residential and business properties are calculated based on 1 percent of the purchase price.

Annual increases in property valuations are capped at 2 percent per year, which helps provide certainty to homeowners and businesses that they will be able to afford their property in the future.

Prop 13 also benefits renters, small businesses and all Californians by preventing skyrocketing increases in property taxes that get passed along to tenants and consumers in the form of higher rent and higher costs for goods and services.

California has a $22 billion budget surplus and more than $20 billion in general fund reserves. The state also boasts some of the nation’s highest taxes. Destroying Prop 13 and increasing property taxes will only make California’s tax burden and cost of living even worse. California has:

  • Highest state income tax – California’s top personal income tax rate is 13.3%. Most small businesses generally pay their business taxes at the personal income tax rate.
  • Highest state sales tax – California has a 7.25% state sales and use tax, the nation’s highest. Local governments can (and do) levy additional sales and use taxes.
  • Highest gasoline tax – California’s state taxes and fees on gasoline total 62.05-cents per gallon, according to an October 2019 report by the American Petroleum Institute.
  • Second worst state business tax climate according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation’s 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index.

“African American homeowners and small businesses have benefitted significantly from Prop 13’s passage for more than 40 years,” said Freddye Davis, President of the Hayward South Alameda County NAACP Branch. “Backtracking away from Prop 13’s benefits would add to the already burdensome cost of living and could likely be the difference between keeping the lights on for many small businesses. That’s why voters across the East Bay are so motivated to protect Prop 13.”

“Prop 13 is not only vital to helping people of color in California realize the dream of homeownership, but it is also important to the success of minority-owned businesses,” added Joe Coto, former Assemblymember and chair of the Latino Caucus. “It’s time that Californians, young and old, and particularly in the Latino community, understand what’s at stake and help fight to protect Prop 13.”

Petition Language:

For more than 40 years, Prop 13 has provided property tax certainty to homeowners, renters and small businesses. It benefits all Californians by preventing skyrocketing increases in property taxes that get passed along to tenants and consumers in the form of higher rent and higher costs for goods and services.

Unfortunately, there are a number of attempts to undermine Prop 13 and increase property taxes in California. 

Californians are already struggling to afford housing, food and transportation, and more people are living in poverty than any other state. At a time when too many families are living paycheck to paycheck, we simply cannot afford higher property taxes and higher costs for the goods and services we buy. Please reject any proposals that attack Prop 13.

About the Fight for Prop 13

Fight for Prop 13 is a grassroots coalition of consumers, homeowners, renters, veterans, senior citizens, taxpayers, small businesses, social justice and faith-based organizations throughout California committed to fighting increased property taxes,  which would make California’s affordability crisis and high tax burden even worse. We educate voters on the benefits of Prop 13 and activate them to oppose attacks on Prop 13 from the legislature, courts or state and local ballot measures.

To learn more about the Fight 4 Prop 13 Coalition, go to www.FightForProp13.org

Michael Bustamante
916.425.0839
[email protected]

Matt Klink
310.283.6267
[email protected]

Broad-Based Coalition of Social Justice Organizations, Veterans Groups, Business Leaders and local Chambers of Commerce Announce Coalition to Educate Californians on the Importance of Prop 13

Broad-Based Coalition of Social Justice Organizations, Veterans Groups, Business Leaders and local Chambers of Commerce Announce Coalition to Educate Californians on the Importance of Prop 13

Forty-Year Old Landmark Law Protects Homeowners, Renters, and Small Business Owners from Skyrocketing Property Tax Increases

SACRAMENTO, CA – Business leaders, social justice organizations, veterans groups and a host of others today officially announced the formation of Fight for Prop 13, a coalition formed to educate Californians on Prop 13’s importance. The landmark California law was overwhelmingly passed by voters more than 40 years ago to protect homeowners and business owners large and small from wildly fluctuating property tax increases, some as much as 50-100%. Coalition members also displayed more than 40,000 petitions, signed by California voters in support of defending the landmark law that will be delivered to Governor Newsom’s office later today.

“Prop 13 is the only protection California families, renters, homeowners and businesses have that keeps property taxes low and costs down,” said Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable.  “In a state with the highest income, sales and gas tax, we can’t afford higher property taxes. That is why we are reminding Californians about Proposition 13’s importance and why it must be protected.”

During the 1970s, families, seniors and small businesses were faced with the possibility of losing their properties because they couldn’t afford unpredictable 50-100% increases in property taxes every year. As property tax bills skyrocketed, often beyond the owners’ ability to pay, many families were forced from their homes and small businesses were left with no choice but to raise prices on their customers.  On June 6, 1978, nearly two-thirds of California’s voters passed Prop 13.

“Ownership remains the primary path to building wealth for minorities and at a time when African American ownership is at an all-time low, weakening Prop 13 will make building wealth harder to do,” said Alice Huffman, president of the California Hawaii State Conference of the NAACP. “Millennial voters of color need to understand that Prop 13 protects our communities and collective mobility. We intend to make sure they know how important Prop 13 is to the prosperity of the communities in which they live.”

Proposition 13 benefits all Californians by calculating general property taxes for both residential and business properties at 1% of their purchase price. It also caps annual increases in property taxes at 2% per year, which protects against sharp increases in property taxes, especially when property values rise quickly.

“Without question Prop 13 has protected fixed income and family homeowners by reducing the volatility and uncertainty they faced every tax year,” said Don Perata, former California Senate President Pro Tem. “This explains why voters have maintained support over the years.”

According to the latest data from the Harvard Business School, about 42% of new companies are founded by immigrants in California. Additionally, the California Latino Economic Institute found that nearly one-quarter of all businesses in California are Latino-owned and they are the fastest growing component of the state’s economy. The vast majority of these businesses tend to start small and stay small, meaning they often rent their property and are subject to higher rents when property taxes increase.

Added Joe Coto, former Assembly Member and president of the Latino Community Development Foundation, “Prop 13 is not only vital to helping people of color in California realize the dream of homeownership, but it is also important to the success of minority-owned businesses.  It’s time that Californians young and old, particularly in the Latino community, understand what’s at stake and help fight to protect Prop 13.”

Numerous organized efforts are underway attempting to undermine Prop 13’s positive impacts on counties across California and the certainty the proposition provides to county services, property owners and renters. If efforts to undermine Prop 13 are successful, many experts believe it will produce rapid hikes in property tax bills and accelerate gentrification, pushing families and small businesses out of their longtime neighborhoods and communities.

“Prop 13 keeps property taxes affordable for homeowners and housing costs low for renters. When property taxes increase, so do monthly housing costs, making homes more expensive to own, rent and build. We must protect Prop 13,” stated Robert Apodaca, executive director, United Latinos Vote.

Additionally, undermining Prop 13 will provide a huge financial incentive for local governments to approve commercial projects to replace existing housing so they can receive higher property tax revenue. This will intensify the gentrification already occurring in much of the Bay Area and coastal counties in Southern California.

“For more than 40 years, Prop 13 has benefited all Californians,” added Robert Gutierrez, president and CEO, California Taxpayers Association. “Had it not passed, homeowners and businesses would find themselves paying tens of thousands of dollars more  in property taxes  on both homes and businesses, resulting in higher rents for renters and higher costs for small business owners.”

Added Frederick A. Romero, State Commander of the American GI Forum of California, Vice Chairman for the California State Commanders Council and a Vietnam US Marine Corps veteran, “All Californians, and veterans in particular, know what to expect when their property tax bill comes due at the end of the year. That wasn’t the case before Prop 13. The bottom line is Prop 13 has kept older veterans in their homes and provides certainty for younger veterans who are trying to build a future for themselves and their families. I will stand and fight for Prop 13 because too many veterans count on the benefits it provides.

“Many small businesses are renters – they don’t own the property, which makes them solely responsible for all costs, including rent. Without Prop 13’s protections, property owners will have no choice but to pass along higher property taxes to small businesses by raising rents.  If they manage to stay in business, which isn’t a guarantee, small business owners will be forced to increase their prices to consumers just to make ends meet,” concluded John Kabateck, state director, National Federation of Independent Business, California.

To learn more about the Fight 4 Prop 13 Coalition, go to www.FightForProp13.org

Michael Bustamante
916.425.0839
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Matt Klink
310.283.6267
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