Three property and tax-related propositions appear on the November ballot. Proposition 15 proposes to change California’s popular 42-year-old Proposition 13, which limits property taxes. Proposition 19 expands some property tax exemptions and eliminates others. And Proposition 21 is a do-over of a rent control ballot measure that California voters soundly defeated two years ago.
Voters should reject Propositions 15, 19 and 21.
Proposition 13, a landmark property tax cutting initiative passed by voters in 1978, has become the “third rail” of California politics. Just suggest overturning or changing the limits on assessing property tax in California and a politician can see his or her political future go up in flames.
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