Only about one-third of Californians can afford to realize the American dream of owning their own home. The homeowners’ property tax exemption of $7,000 (worth a $70 deduction on your property taxes) has not been increased since 1972 when the median priced home sold for $28,660. Currently, an average home is selling for nearly ten (10) times that amount, and yet the homeowners’ exemption remains unchanged.
Increasing the homeowners’ property tax exemption from $7,000 to $32,000 will save every homeowner in California an additional $250 per year. This will help to mitigate the heavy financial burden placed on homeowners from property tax increases to repay local bonds, and provide some relief from excessive utility fee and charge increases.
By increasing the renters tax credit, this act will provide tax relief to renters, who also face severe housing affordability problems.
HJTA will keep taxpayers up to date on progress on the California Homeowners and Renters Tax Relief Act of 2016, and when the initiative title and summary are issued, inform homeowners and renters how they can help qualify tax relief for the ballot and pass it into law.