WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING: Split-roll Property Tax Increase Will Raise Costs For State’s Farming Community And Ultimately For All California Consumers

SACRAMENTO, CA: Yesterday, the state’s largest agriculture group, the California Farm Bureau Federation, opposed the split-roll property tax ballot measure. The organization argued that if Proposition 13’s protections for agriculture are destroyed, it will increase costs for California farmers by taxing everything from almond trees to dairies at current market value. Backers of the proposed initiative, which is the largest property tax increase in California history, are currently collecting signatures to qualify for the November 2020 ballot.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW TAX ON AGRICULTURE:


Even the proponents of the measure admit it!

In their own words…“Commercial or industrial structures on agricultural land would be taxed at fair market value…for example, a dairy barn, food processing facilities, and wineries would be reassessed as they are commercial and industrial.”
Schools and Communities First, Agriculture Fact Sheet, September 2019

“It’s unusual for the Farm Bureau to oppose a measure at this early stage, but our board of directors is very concerned about the impact this initiative would have on rural California. Although its backers claim agricultural land would not be affected, the initiative would trigger annual tax reassessments at market value for agricultural improvements such as barns, dairies, wineries, processing plants, vineyards and orchards. The split-roll measure would increase the tax burden on California farmers at a time when family farms and ranches already face threats to their water supplies and rising costs to comply with the state’s employment and environmental regulations.”
— Jamie Johansson, President, California Farm Bureau Federation

“Whether on a tree or vine, at a dairy or at a processing facility, every fresh fruit, vegetable and gallon of milk we buy at the grocery store will cost more under this property tax initiative. At a time when families are already struggling to make ends meet and provide healthy, farm-to-fork options for their families, we simply cannot afford the largest property tax increase in California history.”
— Rob Lapsley, President, California Business Roundtable and Co-Chair, Californians to Save Prop 13 and Stop Higher Property Taxes

In addition to the California Farm Bureau and other local farm bureaus, a list of all groups and organizations opposed to the split-roll property tax hike can be found here.

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

California Farm Bureau Federation Opposes $12.5 Billion-A-Year Split-Roll Property Tax Measure

Measure destroys Prop 13 protections for California farmers, threatening rural communities

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Farm Bureau Federation, which represents nearly 34,000 farmers and ranchers across the state, today announced its opposition to the proposed $12.5 billion-a-year split-roll property tax hike. Backers of the proposed initiative, which will be the largest property tax hike in California history, are currently collecting signatures to qualify it for the November 2020 ballot. If approved by voters, the measure will destroy Proposition 13’s protections for California farmers, not only hurting rural communities but also all Californians who will pay higher prices on everything from a gallon of milk to fresh state-grown produce.

“It’s unusual for the Farm Bureau to oppose a measure at this early stage, but our board of directors is very concerned about the impact this initiative would have on rural California,” said Jamie Johansson, president of the California Farm Bureau Federation. “Although its backers claim agricultural land would not be affected, the initiative would trigger annual tax reassessments at market value for agricultural improvements such as barns, dairies, wineries, processing plants, vineyards and orchards. The split-roll measure would increase the tax burden on California farmers at a time when family farms and ranches already face threats to their water supplies and rising costs to comply with the state’s employment and environmental regulations.”

Recently, the proponents of the largest property tax increase in state history admitted in their own materials that “a dairy barn, food processing facilities, and wineries would be reassessed,” which will greatly increase the burden that farmers face daily. According to the 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture, California ranks the highest for taxing family farms, with an average of $17,299 paid per farm.

“The California Farm Bureau Federation’s endorsement today underscores a critical flaw in this initiative,” said Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable and co-chair of Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes. “Whether on a tree or vine, at a dairy or at a processing facility, every fresh fruit, vegetable and gallon of milk we buy at the grocery store will cost more under this property tax initiative. At a time when families are already struggling to make ends meet and provide healthy, farm-to-fork options for their families, we simply cannot afford the largest property tax increase in California history.”

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

California Business Roundtable President Writes Open Letter to Governor Newsom, Asks To Support Job Growth Over New Property Tax Measure

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Stanford University-based Hoover Institution published an open letter in Eureka yesterday from Robert Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable, asking Governor Gavin Newsom to oppose the $12.5 billion-a-year split-roll property tax hike that is headed to the November ballot. The letter urges Newsom to instead focus on strategies that will create long-term job opportunities for middle-class and blue-collar workers as an alternative approach to supporting the largest property tax increase in state history.

Read excerpts from Lapsley’s open letter, “A Suggestion for the Governor: The Best Way to Raise Revenue Is to Allow Businesses to Create New Jobs, Not to Support the Largest Tax Increase in State History” below:

“…why would anyone consider sponsoring or supporting the largest tax increase in state history? A tax increase that strikes at the heart of Proposition 13, the only taxpayer protections we have left in our state constitution?

“Sacramento public employee unions and the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative are planning to do just that—they are 100 percent committed to putting a $12.5 billion-a-year property tax increase on the November ballot…

“Just how will this property tax increase exacerbate the cost-of-living crisis? Simply put, there isn’t a business or resident that won’t pay more if businesses pay more in property taxes. The public employee unions insist they have carved out an exemption for small businesses, but most small businesses do not own the properties on which they operate. They pay rent under a standard lease that passes on the property taxes and maintenance costs to the business as a condition of their agreement. The higher property taxes on businesses both large and small will ultimately get passed on to all Californians.

“Governor, we simply ask that you do not go along with this tax increase—for the sake of California businesses and taxpayers who all stand to lose if we go down the ruinous road of higher property taxes.”

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

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Split-Roll Property Tax Measure Continues to Sink in Public Polls

USC Rossier School of Education Poll the Latest to Demonstrate Declining Support Among Voters

SACRAMENTO, CA – The USC Rossier School of Education released last week polling results on the $12.5 billion-a-year split-roll property tax hike showing only 45 percent of voters support the measure. This result comes as no surprise as the USC poll is the fifth independent public poll during the last 12 months to show that less than 50 percent of voters support the measure, marking a downward trend.

“As voters learn the truth about the attack on Proposition 13 and the $12.5 billion price tag in higher property taxes that will be paid by Californians each year, they are opposing the flawed initiative in droves,” said Rob Gutierrez, president and CEO of the California Taxpayers Association. “Passage of this flawed initiative will result in higher costs for consumers on everything we buy and use, including milk, eggs, fruits and vegetables, and daily necessities like gas and childcare.”

In November of 2019, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found that only 46 percent of likely voters support the split-roll measure. An earlier poll by the PPIC in September 2019 found just 47 percent of likely voters support the tax hike. In July 2019, Change Research found only 39 percent of likely voters supported the measure and in January 2019, the PPIC announced only 49 percent of likely voters were persuaded by the measure.

Last fall, after the PPIC announced its September poll, Mark Baldassare, PPIC president and CEO stated, “It’s a hard place to start from, and then add in the fact that it’s easier for people to vote ‘no’ than ‘yes’ and we know there’s a ‘no’ campaign.” Baldassare also said he consistently finds 60 percent of voters believe Proposition 13 is “a good thing.”

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

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