George Runner: ‘Split roll’ is attack on Prop. 13

Californians should be aware of a legislative attack on Proposition 13 known as “split roll.” Proposition 13, of course, is the landmark law that protects home and business owners from out-of-control property taxes. Proposition 13 has worked well since voters approved it in 1978, but that hasn’t stopped some interest groups and politicians from trying […]

Plug pulled on California property tax measure

Proponents of a measure to raise billions of dollars for anti-poverty and children’s programs through higher taxes on commercial properties stopped collecting signatures for the November ballot and said Wednesday they will try again another year.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Monterey County Herald Editorial: Proposition 13 still in focus

On Friday, the Monterey Herald editorialized in support of Proposition 13, discussing how maintaining Proposition 13 continues to save Californians millions of dollars in taxes when compared to the rest of the country. The editorial pointed out that without Proposition 13, Californian’s property taxes would be double what they are today. Passed in 1978, Proposition […]

Proposition 13 still in focus

As if the rest of the end-of-the-year bills aren’t enough, homeowners this week had to pay up on their first installment of their property taxes, which even in the post-Proposition 13 era remains a significant source of revenue for local governments and schools.

Anti-Growth ‘Make It Fair’ Lobby Pushes For $9 Billion Tax Increase In California

California voters approved the People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation (Proposition 13) in 1978. To this date, Proposition 13 stands as one of the most important advances in the history of American tax reform. The initiative, which decreased property taxes by assessing homes at their 1975 value, allowed thousands of families to stay in their […]

Measure puts Prop. 13 in the cross hairs

Some of California’s politically powerful public-sector unions are gearing up for a 2016 ballot initiative that would “reform” Proposition 13 and get rid of its so-called tax “loopholes” to promote fairness. Their goal is to hike business property taxes by $9 billion a year by eliminating the limitations imposed by that groundbreaking initiative.

Another View: Attacking Prop. 13 would hurt businesses, economy

On Wednesday, Sens. Loni Hancock and Holly Mitchell introduced an attack on California’s most important taxpayer protection, Proposition 13 (“It’s time to make Prop. 13 fairer for homeowners”; Viewpoints, June 10). SCA 5, a proposed constitutional amendment, would alter California’s constitution to create a “split roll” property tax, imposing higher property taxes on non-homeowner properties, […]

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial: Prop 13 change a giant tax hike – not a ‘fix’

Last weekend, the San Diego Union-Tribune editorialized against Senators Loni Hancock and Holly Mitchell’s SCA 5, a proposed constitutional amendment that would unravel Proposition 13 through a $9 billion “split roll” tax. The tax would fall square on the backs of California businesses, adding to the already enormous tax burden they face every day and […]

Beware the split-roll attack on Prop. 13

The most recent effort is Senate Constitutional Amendment 5, introduced last week by state Sens. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, and Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles. It would allow commercial and industrial properties to be taxed more than under the current Prop. 13 limitations.