If you have followed my comments about Prop 47 and how we were duped into believing this legislation was good for California, you now know…it was not.
Titled “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act” the bill sailed through with a majority vote yet, really had nothing to do with safe anything. In fact, Prop 47 has had a detrimental effect on civil order in California. It placed a dollar amount of $950 of loss before it became a crime. That in itself is a crime.
Different than being a little bit pregnant, Prop 47 allows crooks, looters, and felons to be petty crooks without consequences.
Oh, that’s right. They can receive a “ticket” if they are caught.
What the bill did do, is: release thousands of felons onto the streets of California.
Theoretically, the release of prisoners saved the state over $100 million. However, the savings were soon eaten up in the amount of property that was vandalized, items that were shoplifted, and personal valuables that were stolen.
Now, we know why the Police Chief Association of California opposed this clever sounding but sinister resulting legislation that WE voted for.
Do you think there is any correlation between the 50% increase in petty theft since the passage of this bill in 2014? There is nothing safer about our schools and neighborhoods!
Face it folks. We were duped.
Now, these same legislators, the ones we elected, are out to try it again by butchering Prop 13. This bill has already qualified for the November ballot.
You might be surprised to learn this bill is designed to raise about $12 billion in property taxes.
It is called “The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2020” — aka the “split-roll” initiative.
Using a well proven and motivating topic like “schools” these money hungry legislators are out to bust Prop 13 at the cost of commercial property owners.
If this portion of Prop 13 is repealed for commercial property owners, it will in turn raise rents for tenants. The ripple effect is staggering. Backers do not discuss the impacts in detail.
Commercial properties will be taxed at market value as opposed to purchase price.
Even worse, the backers of this bill have made it known if they win this one, they will then go after homeowners and repeal the rest of Prop 13 so you would be taxed at market value.
Can you imagine what kind of tax bill you would have if you were taxed on market value and not your purchase price? This would be devastating for many, and crippling to seniors.
God I love our teachers. They are terrific and do an amazing job. However, their Association, The California Teachers Association, has budgeted $6 million to help pass this split-roll initiative.
Is there no end to the god-awful games in grabbing for taxes?
No! There is no end. Legislators and special interests will syphon off every dime they can tax and spend it without even blinking.
Don’t be duped again! This time don’t give up your wallet.
Just say no to the “California Schools and Communities Funding Act of 2020.”