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
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Matt Klink
310.283.6267
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