The Truth About Prop 15
Special interests are pushing Prop 15 on the November 2020 statewide ballot that will destroy Prop 13’s property tax protections and raise property taxes by up to $11.5 billion a year. Prop 15 has too many flaws and will increase the cost of living for all Californians.
FLAW #1 HURTS FARMERS
Most food items will face higher property taxes not just once, but several times, as they travel from the farm to processing, packaging, distribution, and the grocery store ultimately driving up the cost of living for all Californians!
FLAW #2 HURTS CALIFORNIA’S RENEWABLE ENERGY GOALS
Prop 15 will eliminate the incentive to build solar energy systems which will endanger California’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045 and increase utility bills for families – ultimately driving our cost of living even higher.
FLAW #3 HURTS CALIFORNIA’S SMALL BUSINESSES
Prop 15 will make it even more difﬁcult for small businesses to reopen their doors and stay in business as a result of this economic crisis.
FLAW #4 HURTS LOCAL GOVERNMENT BUDGETS
Prop 15 will be a nightmare for local governments to implement. It will create more than a billion dollars in new administrative expenses over three years for county assessors, which must be repaid before any tax revenue goes towards the measure’s stated goals.
FLAW #5 LACKS ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY
Taxpayers will receive almost no accountability protections in exchange for $11.5 billion in higher taxes. The new taxes will go to state and local governments to spend however the politicians want – just like they are doing with the lottery.
FLAW #6 HURTS RENTERS & MAKES CALIFORNIA’S HOUSING CRISIS WORSE
Prop 15 will decrease our housing supply and drive rents and home prices higher as local governments maximize revenue by approving higher-taxed commercial and industrial developments over affordable housing.
FLAW #7 PUTS EDUCATION LAST IN LINE
Prop 15 prioritizes bureaucrats first, local government second, education last.
FLAW #8 HURTS DISABILITY ACCESS AND FIRE SUPPRESSION IMPROVEMENTS
Prop 15 subjects disability access and fire suppression improvements on commercial and industrial properties to higher property taxes.