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]

Justin Salters
661.706.6427
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