Proponents of $12.5 Billion-A-Year Property Tax Hike Grasping at Straws Amid CTA Members Failing to Meet Signature Collecting Quotas and Public Polling Sinking Below 50 Percent

SACRAMENTO, CA – Amid recent press reports that California Teachers Association members are less than thrilled about gathering signatures to qualify the $12.5 billion-a-year property tax hike for the November ballot, proponents today are rolling out a series of “endorsements” from a number of people who have already stated their support for the measure, exposing increased desperation to show momentum for a measure that has repeatedly failed to reach majority support in numerous independent public polls.

“Voters already know that the $12.5 billion-a-year split-roll property tax hike will fall on the backs of California families with increased prices for everything they buy and use,” stated Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable and co-chair of Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes. “Destroying Prop 13 and increasing taxes on business means higher costs for a gallon of milk, groceries, gasoline, restaurants, prescriptions, clothing, daycare, health care and more. California already has among the highest cost of living and now is not the time to make things worse.”

Today’s announcement by split-roll proponents isn’t their first attempt to keep their measure afloat. In August of last year, proponents admitted their first split-roll measure was fatally flawed after spending $3.5 million to qualify the measure in 2018. Now, the proponents, who are determined to destroy Prop 13 at any cost, could be spending double that amount to qualify a measure that consistently tests under 50 percent in independent public polls.

In November of last year, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found that only 46 percent of likely voters support the split-roll measure, the lowest the measure tested all year, marking a downward trend. Earlier polls in September found just 47 percent of likely voters support the tax hike, and in January, PPIC announced only 49 percent of likely voters were persuaded by the measure.

“Again, and again, public polls show that Californians oppose the largest tax increase in state history, and we don’t blame them,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “California already has the highest state sales, income and gas taxes, pushing families and businesses out of state in droves. The split-roll property tax will only make things worse, and Californians know that if this measure passes, proponents will come after Prop 13 protections on their homes next.”

Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes and Save Prop 13, a coalition of businesses, taxpayers, homeowners and renters, has been fighting to protect Prop 13 and oppose a split roll for more than a decade. For more information, please visit www.StopHigherPropertyTaxes.org.

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ICYMI: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association President Warns, “California is on the verge of another taxpayer revolt”

$12.5 billion-a-year property tax hike will result in more voters, businesses moving out of state

SACRAMENTO, CA – Last week, Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, wrote an opinion piece for The Daily News cautioning legislators that Californians have had enough and are on the verge of another taxpayer revolt. Coupal warns the $12.5 billion-a-year split-roll property tax hike that is currently gathering signatures to qualify for the November 2020 ballot will increase prices for consumers and drive up costs for the goods and services we buy every day. Coupal argues the property tax hike, which is the largest tax increase in state history, will make life more difficult for California families and small businesses, pushing many to move out of state. His op-ed ran in all 11 of the Southern California News Group newspapers.

Read excerpts of Coupal’s op-ed, “Another California tax revolt,” below:

“Sadly, California politicians have forgotten about the taxpayer revolt that occurred just over four decades ago. The Golden State now has the highest gas tax, state income tax and state sales tax, which has translated to the highest percentage of population living in poverty and nearly the highest cost of living in the country.

“This time, instead of tossing tea into the harbor or heading to the polls to vote for change, Californians are revolting by voting with their feet and moving out of state…

“Despite all this, Sacramento politicians and special interests are pushing for higher taxes even after the Legislative Analyst projected a $7 billion budget surplus for the year 2020-21...

“And, if that’s not bad enough, an initiative collecting signatures to qualify for the November 3, 2020 ballot would raise property taxes by $12.5 billion a year.

“The measure would remove Proposition 13’s protections for commercial and industrial properties and tax them based on their current market value, rather than the purchase price.

“Ultimately, higher taxes on businesses mean higher costs for everything we buy, including rent, groceries, gasoline, restaurants, prescriptions, clothing, daycare, health care and much more…

“It is clear that California is on the verge of another taxpayer revolt. Whether it is voting against higher taxes at the ballot box or packing up their bags and moving out of state, California families have had enough.”

Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes, a coalition of businesses, taxpayers, homeowners and renters, has been fighting to protect Proposition 13 and oppose a split roll for more than a decade. For more information, please visit www.StopHigherPropertyTaxes.org.

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$12.5 Billion-A-Year Property Tax Hike Continues to Sink Under 50 Percent Support in Public Polls

Largest Tax Increase in California History Has Tough Road Ahead

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released the results of a recent public poll showing that only 46 percent of likely voters support the $12.5 billion-a-year property tax hike that is currently collecting signatures to qualify for the November 2020 ballot and a strong 45 percent of likely voters oppose the measure. This marks the third PPIC poll this year to find less than 50 percent of California voters support the split-roll measure, a clear indication that the largest tax increase in state history is on a downward trend and has a tough road ahead.

“It’s clear that proponents are out of touch with reality. California already has the highest cost of living in the nation, and we shouldn’t do anything to make it even more expensive to live here,” stated Rob Lapsley, President of the California Business Roundtable and co-chair of Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes. “Destroying Proposition 13 and increasing taxes on business means higher costs for everything we buy including rent, a gallon of milk, groceries, gasoline, restaurants, prescriptions, clothing, daycare, health care and more.”

“We’re thrilled that California voters can see through the smoke and mirrors. Despite what proponents say, the $12.5 billion-a-year tax hike will fall on the backs of small businesses,” said John Kabateck, state director for the National Federation of Independent Business and co-chair of Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes. “Nearly 78 percent of small businesses do not qualify for the so-called ‘small business exemption’ because they rent and the increased property tax bills will just get passed onto them as part of their lease agreements, making the cost of doing business even more expensive.”

“The proponents of the largest property tax increase in California history have a tough road ahead if they cannot manage to secure even 50 percent support one year out from the election,” said Robert Gutierrez, president of the California Taxpayers Association and co-chair of Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes. “The reality is the split-roll measure is the first step in repealing Proposition 13 and increasing property taxes on homeowners, and we are prepared to wage an aggressive campaign to defeat the measure.”

About Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes
Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes is a broad-based coalition of homeowners, taxpayers and businesses opposing the $12 billion split-roll property tax measure headed to the November 3, 2020 ballot. Learn more about the campaign at: www.StopHigherPropertyTaxes.org

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ICYMI: California Taxpayers Association President Warns, “Don’t fall for petition on California split-roll property tax”

SACRAMENTO, CA – Last week, Robert Gutierrez, president of the California Taxpayers Association, penned an opinion piece for The Modesto Bee cautioning voters to be wary of the $12.5 billion-a-year split-roll property tax hike that is currently gathering signatures to qualify for the November 2020 ballot.

Read excerpts of Gutierrez’s op-ed, “Don’t fall for petition on California split-roll property tax,” below:

Higher property taxes on businesses mean higher prices for consumers on everything we buy, including gasoline, groceries, diapers, clothes and utilities. California already has the highest percentage of population living in poverty, and suffers from the nation’s third-highest cost of living. The split-roll property tax will only make things worse. However, that’s not what signature gatherers will tell you when they approach you at your local grocery store.

“They will tell you all the money goes to schools, yet less than 40 cents of every dollar raised would go to schools, and even that isn’t guaranteed.

“…Even worse, the Legislature will define what constitutes “commercial use” of all property, including residential property. This means the Legislature could erode Proposition 13 protections even further, increasing taxes on Californians at an alarming rate, as was the case before Proposition 13 was approved by voters in 1978.

“The reality is this measure is the first step in repealing Proposition 13 and increasing property taxes on homeowners.”

Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes, a coalition of businesses, taxpayers, homeowners and renters, has been fighting to protect Proposition 13 and oppose a split roll for more than a decade. For more information, please visit www.StopHigherPropertyTaxes.org.

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ICYMI: Growing List of Columnists, Editorial Boards Voice Frustration Over Attorney General Becerra’s Biased Title & Summary for $12.5 Billion Property Tax Hike

SACRAMENTO, CA – Earlier this month, Attorney General Xavier Becerra released the title and summary for the $12.5 billion a year split-roll property tax measure and sparked outrage with reporters, columnists and editorial boards across the state. The title and summary, which is supposed to be a nonpartisan, impartial analysis for voters, was written to give the proponents an unfair advantage at passing the largest tax increase in California history. Proponents of the $12.5 billion property tax hike are now collecting signatures to qualify the measure for the November 3, 2020, ballot.

Read what reporters, columnists and editorial boards across California have to say about Attorney General Becerra’s biased title and summary for the split-roll property tax measure below:

“Becerra should be ashamed — and his office should be stripped of ballot summary duties in perpetuity. But first someone should sue over this new abuse of power,” said the San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board.

“It’s the most disreputable ballot description we’ve seen,” the Southern California News Group editorial board said. “When AGs such as Becerra betray public trust this way, they erode faith in our democracy as people realize those in charge rig the rules to help their friends. It really is shameful.”

It’s past time to take this duty away from the attorney general, Republican or Democratic, regardless of one’s view of the nobility of any particular cause. Voters deserve to have an objective assessment of the issue before them… Becerra is the latest to show that he can’t be trusted with that solemn obligation to voter education,” John Diaz, editorial page writer for the San Francisco Chronicle said. “Voters should not accept these insults to their intelligence and independence.”

“Obviously, Becerra and other attorneys general past, present and future shouldn’t be taking political sides on ballot measures. Obviously, too, they will continue doing so unless the process is changed,” Dan Walters, columnist at CALmatters emphasized.

“It’s become a dishonorable California tradition: state attorneys general draft titles and summaries for ballot initiatives that don’t pass the laugh test. Our current A.G., Xavier Becerra, is getting justified criticism for his summary of the split roll initiative,” Joe Mathews, columnist and editor at Zócalo Public Square stated.

“…I have argued that the title and summary power should be taken from the partisan elected attorney general and turned over to the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office in an effort to squeeze some of the politics out of the process,” Joel Fox, editor and co-publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily said. “Now I have a fresh case study of why that is a good idea as well as an example of real world politics to affect policy, not the way students read about policy procedures in textbooks.”

Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes, a coalition of businesses, taxpayers, homeowners and renters, has been fighting to protect Proposition 13 and oppose a split roll for more than a decade. For more information, please visit www.StopHigherPropertyTaxes.org.

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ICYMI: San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board Says Attorney General Becerra Should Be ‘Ashamed’ Over Split-Roll Title & Summary

SACRAMENTO, CA – Yesterday, the San Diego Union-Tribune published a scathing editorial opposing California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s biased title and summary for the split-roll measure. The biased wording gives the proponents an unfair advantage at passing their $12.5 billion-a-year property tax increase. The measure received its title and summary last week, sparking outrage across the state for the blatant misrepresentation in what is supposed to be a nonpartisan, impartial analysis for voters. Proponents of the split-roll property tax hike are now collecting signatures to qualify the measure for the November 3, 2020, ballot.

“For decades, the state Attorney General’s Office has manipulated California voters by drafting misleading ballot descriptions,” the editorial said. “Now here we go again.”

“Becerra should be ashamed — and his office should be stripped of ballot summary duties in perpetuity. But first someone should sue over this new abuse of power. One of the biggest state tax hikes in history shouldn’t be downplayed as a tax ‘change,'” the editorial board said.

Earlier this week, the Southern California News Group published an editorial in all 11 of its newspapers, calling the split-roll title and summary “the most disreputable ballot description” they’ve ever seen.

Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes, a coalition of businesses, taxpayers, homeowners and renters, has been fighting to protect Proposition 13 and oppose a split roll for more than a decade. For more information, please visit www.StopHigherPropertyTaxes.org.

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Proponents of Highest Tax Increase In California History Deceiving Voters Claiming Measure Will ‘Protect Prop 13’

Measure will ultimately drive up prices for all consumers

 

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, proponents of the flawed $12.5 billion a year split-roll property tax measure announced they have begun gathering signatures for their second, equally flawed split-roll property tax measure, which, if passed, will be the largest tax increase in California history.

“Since it passed more than 40 years ago, more than 60 percent of voters consistently support Proposition 13 as the most important taxpayer protection by providing certainty for all Californians. To get support for their measure, proponents are misrepresenting that it ‘protects Prop 13,’ even though it is the most direct assault on Prop 13 since its passage,” stated Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable. “Proponents have had multiple chances to support strengthening Prop 13 in the Legislature, but they kill the bill every time. Make no mistake, they don’t want to protect Prop 13; if they are successful removing Prop 13’s protections for businesses, they will immediately turn their attention to residential property taxes next.”

The campaign, desperate for support, is deceiving voters as signature gathers are telling them that the measure will protect Prop 13 – the exact opposite of the measure’s intended purpose. This comes after a September poll by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found that only 47 percent of likely voters support a split-roll property tax, but 64 percent of likely voters support Prop 13, according to a PPIC poll earlier this year.

“This $12.5 billion a year property tax increase will hurt the pocketbooks of seniors living on fixed-incomes, hardworking families, and all Californians. Ultimately, the split-roll property tax will drive up the cost of living in one of the most expensive states in the country and make life even more difficult for those already struggling to get by,” said Deborah Howard, Board Member of the California Senior Advocates League. “California already has the highest percentage of population living in poverty. Destroying Prop 13 will put more families in jeopardy.”

“This split-roll measure will increase Californians’ taxes by billions of dollars per year and make the state’s housing affordability crisis even worse. At a time when California has a $22 billion general fund budget surplus and $36 billion set aside in reserves, this is no time to raise taxes,” said Robert Gutierrez, President of the California Taxpayers Association.

“The split roll property tax measure will be a sledgehammer to brick and mortar retail and will harm working families across California as it will drive up costs for the goods and services we buy every day – like groceries, utilities, diapers, prescriptions, clothing, day care, health care and even gas,” said Rachel Michelin, President of the California Retailers Association. “This measure will make our state even more unaffordable and hurt all Californians.”

“Don’t be fooled by the disingenuous split-roll property tax campaign. Despite their claims that small businesses are exempt, every small business – even those that rent their properties – will be forced to pay. Chipping away at Proposition 13’s protections will result in higher rents for mom-and-pop businesses that are already struggling to keep their doors open,” said John Kabateck, State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business – CA.

Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes, a coalition of businesses, taxpayers, homeowners and renters, has been fighting to protect Proposition 13 and oppose a split roll for more than a decade. For more information, please visit www.StopHigherPropertyTaxes.org.

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ICYMI: Comstock’s Magazine Editorial: A Split-Roll Property Tax Measure Is Bad for Business

SACRAMENTO, CA – Yesterday, Winnie Comstock-Carlson, the president and publisher of Comstock’s Magazine, penned an opinion piece expressing her opposition to the split roll property tax measure that has qualified for the November 2020 ballot. Specifically, she states that the $11 billion property tax hike would have a “devastating impact” on counties and hurt small businesses and the economy.

“This $11 billion a year split roll property tax measure will be a major, multi-billion-dollar tax on all Californians in the form of higher prices on everything we buy – from groceries and gasoline to diapers and day care,” said Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable and co-chair of Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes. “Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes will mount an aggressive, broad-based coalition to fight the measure and keep costs down for all Californians.”

Read excerpts from the Comstock’s Magazine editorial, “A Split-Roll Property Tax Measure Is Bad for Business” below:

“…Next year, voters will be asked to amend Prop. 13 through a ballot measure that will upset more than 40 years of that steadiness and a “no surprises” business environment.”

“…And it’s a tax hit businesses can’t afford, especially in an economy with flat consumer spending and trade tariffs. The Federal Reserve recently noted that U.S. manufacturing has slumped in the first half of this year. That’s a sign of a fragile economy. The timing for a tax increase couldn’t be worse.”

“…the majority of small businesses lease storefronts, offices and other properties valued easily at more than the $3 million threshold this measure puts in place, and the additional taxes would be passed onto them in the form of increased rents, an unintended — but very real — consequence.”

“…The proposed measure would have “a devastating impact” on counties and would overwhelm their ability to assess nearly 650,000 commercial and industrial properties statewide, according to a nonpartisan and independent analysis by Capitol Matrix commissioned by the California Assessors’ Association. The statewide cost to complete the assessment roll, according to the analysis, would increase between $380 million and $470 million annually during the first five to 10 years.”

“…Prop. 13 is working. Splitting it in half is bad for business and a bad deal for counties.”

Read the editorial in its entirety on the Comstock’s Magazine website HERE.