Last week we alerted California taxpayers as to the immediate threats to Proposition 13 being heard by a California legislative committee.As fully anticipated, the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance approved all six of the anti-Prop 13 proposals.
All of the bills in question would gut one of the most important provisions of Proposition 13 – the two thirds vote requirement for additional “add on” parcel taxes.These “add on” parcel and bond taxes are ontopof the property tax homeowners already pay under current law.
The six bills are designated as “SCAs” standing for “Senate Constitutional Amendments.”The Legislature itself cannot change the constitution without voter approval so the issue for each of these “SCAs” was whether they should proceed through the legislative process and appear on the ballot as partial repeals of Prop 13 which itself is part of the constitution.
The bills are as follows:
Senate Constitutional Amendment 3 (SCA 3), Mark Leno (D—San Francisco):Lowers the threshold for school district per-parcel property taxes from two-thirds to 55%. This is a direct… Read More