The California Schools and Local Community Funding Act is a special interest backed statewide ballot initiative that is likely to appear on the November 2020 ballot. The measure attacks Proposition 13 and raises costs on California’s working families, small businesses, consumers and seniors.
Attacks Our Last Taxpayer Protection
The measure amends Proposition 13 to raise taxes on commercial property by requiring reassessment at current market value every three years starting in 2021 – creating a new base year for every commercial property in the state. This type of property tax is known as a “split roll tax” because it splits the property tax roll by commercial vs. residential property. Whether small businesses own property or rent, they will pay the costs of the increased property taxes – and so will consumers.
Raises Prices on Consumers
Faced with higher taxes, property owners could pass on the increased costs to tenants, hurting small businesses and consumers. These higher taxes will get passed on to consumers in the form of increased prices on just about everything people buy and use.
Working Families Can’t Afford Higher Taxes
Californians face some of the steepest taxes in the country. We pay the highest or second highest gas, income and sales taxes and our cost of living is at a record level. This is not the time to be raising taxes. Sacramento politicians just raised gas taxes through a $5 – 7 billion tax increase in 2017 and passed policies that have resulted in Californians paying 48% more for electricity than the rest of the nation.
State and Local Revenue is at an All Time High
California is collecting record high revenues and has more than $17 billion in reserves. Local government revenue is at an all-time high too. Local property tax levies are now projected to grow $19 billion over the last 10 years, from $50 billion in 2008-09 to $69 billion in 2018-19. When Prop 13 was passed in 1978, the local property tax assessments were $6 billion. By next year, they will approach $69 billion. New and higher taxes simply aren’t needed.
Special Interest Tax Grab with No Taxpayer Protections
This measure does not include any taxpayer protections, cost controls, accountability or transparency requirements in how the new tax dollars would be spent. In fact, the proponents removed language from the measure capping administrative expenses, which gives bureaucrats unlimited power to waste this new tax money on administration and overhead. That’s just irresponsible.
California has a spending problem, not a revenue problem – and consumers already suffering from among the nation’s highest costs of living can’t afford another $10 billion in higher taxes.