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Proposition 13: A Look Back

Well said zorst. It's all the charity programs that need to be cut to bring our budget into line. Don't raise the property taxes on folks who bought their home for far less than today's market value and penalize them for being in California for 30+ years. Yes...well said.

March 5, 2010 at 7:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Proposition 13: A Look Back

I am not on Social Security and I'm not on Medicare. I don't take one dime from any of those. There are other ways of cutting our budget than "bankrupting" the children of California. It's a political ploy of the left to say "the children" will be hurt when that isn't the case at all. Our out-of-control spending can be curbed in other ways rather than cut school spending. Where is the lottery money that was promised to the schools? What was given in the left hand was taken out of the right hand. The lottery was the fix-all to the school system that didn't actually benefit the kids much at all. I've paid my fair share over the last 33 years into our school system. Maybe now it's your turn.

March 4, 2010 at 6:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Proposition 13: A Look Back

I don't think most of you realize that Prop 13 does for those of us that have lived in our homes for a long time. I could not live in California if it was not for Prop 13 and I would have to leave California. There goes my tax dollars, as it would for many who live under Prop 13.

emaij - You have no idea what you are talking about. Let me address each item as you stated it:

It does not hurt the school system. Those of us living under Prop 13 DO NOT HAVE KIDS IN SCHOOL. Yet we still have to pay taxes and bonds to schools where we don't have kids. It has not bankrupted the school system, out-of-control spending has.

1. You are just sounding off because "it's unfair to you" and you will have to pay more taxes than your neighbor and he has a "nicer house" (I hear a whine here). Long term residency is being rewarded with Prop 13 so we don't leave the state.

2. It doesn't hurt the marketplace. People don't have to "turnover" their home for there to be a marketplace? Long term ownership does not impede a free market housing or create low inventory. I love where I live and have no intention of selling just to create inventory.

3. Here is that FAIR thing. What is fair for you isn't fair for me. I don't feel like I have to be penalized because you think it's fair.

4. Prop 13 does not reward us with an increase in our properties. It's obvious you DO NOT OWN A HOME. I would not make money if I were to sell my home. I wouldd only have to turn it around and invest that money in another home that appreciated in value. So I'd essentially be getting value for value. There would be no money in my pocket. And recently I've lost more than $200,000 value in my home. You are not subsidizing my kids. There are none in my home and those living under Prop 13 most likely their kids are grown and out of the house. You have no idea what you are talking about. There is no $1 million windfall. I'm no millionaire. I live paycheck to paycheck. I'm just grateful I own a home I can afford to live in. My taxes would be taken out of the state and given to another state is it were not for Prop 13.

5. Prop 13 does not benefit the wealthy the most. It benefits citizens like myself that live paycheck to paycheck and can't afford the rising costs of California with out-of-control spending.

You understand NOTHING. It's not selfish to live within your means in a home you've worked hard to own. And I'm not indignant, I've been paying my fair share longer than you've been alive. Talk about fair? Then pay up for the years you've missed and catch up to me. Oh, you were not born matter it's fair so pay up. And you don't pay for my trash collection. I have Daily Disposal and pay for it each month. Get off your self-pitty wagon. Don't nag at me for having a home for more than 30 years and want me to pay for your spending spree.

March 2, 2010 at 7:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )