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
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Matt Klink
310.283.6267
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