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The Impact of California's Biggest Tax Revolt

Dear Joanne, I don't understand your point. Your figures say that 92% of all California households have purchased their homes sometime after Prop 13 was passed. (I happen to be one of them.) So all of their property taxes are based on what they paid for the house. If that is true, how does Prop 13 limit their taxes?

Secondly, I understand local communities collect property taxes. What I am saying is that the entire state has, basically, three sources of significant income and the important point is how they are shared around.

February 23, 2010 at 5:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Impact of California's Biggest Tax Revolt

According to Joanne, 92% of all homes in California are not protected by Prop 13. She also said 92% of the commercial properties in San Diego were not protected by Prop 13. Assuming these facts are accurate, and I do, then why is there all this moaning and complaining about Prop 13?

We truly do have an out of whack financing system in California. It is so heavily weighted toward the rich that when income of the most wealthy falls, a big chunk of the state's income also falls. We do need a re-balancing among sales taxes, income taxes and property taxes, but Prop 13 is irrelevant and ranting on about it simply clouds the real issues.

February 23, 2010 at 12:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )