By Jon Coupal | A statewide survey commissioned by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association shows Californians continue to support Proposition 13 and the two-thirds vote requirement to boost taxes on property owners. By nearly two to one, voters agree that reducing the two-thirds vote to 55% to pass local bonds would place an unfair burden on owners of property.
Tone-deaf legislators have introduced a number of bills in Sacramento that would lower the vote required to pass new special taxes, per parcel property taxes and local bonds. But don’t expect lawmakers to honestly tell the public that these end runs around Proposition 13 are intended in increase taxes. The politicians would have you believe that all they are doing is trying to provide more “local control” for taxpayers. “Local control” sounds great, but examination of these bills reveals they are just schemes to make it easier for politicians and special interests that benefit from greater spending, to take more from taxpayers
Especially menacing to taxpayers is ACA 8, a constitutional amendment being considered in the Senate after narrowly passing the Assembly last year. ACA 8 would lower the currently mandated two-thirds vote threshold …read more