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
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Matt Klink
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