Monday, February 19, 2018

Who's with us? "Another taxpayer revolt is needed in California."



Back in the 1970s, property taxes had gotten so high in California that many residents were faced with losing their homes because they simply couldn’t afford their taxes. During that time, property taxes averaged a little less than 3 percent of the value of the home. (The median home price in California last year was $495,000, so at 3 percent the property taxes on a median home would be $14,850 per year.)

A man named Howard Jarvis rode in to the rescue, pitching Proposition 13 as a way to ensure Californians — especially seniors — would be able to live in their homes forever. Prop 13 essentially limited Californians’ property taxes to 1 percent of the value of the property. And it capped increases to property taxes at 2 percent per year. Homes could only be reassessed when there was an ownership change or when new construction was done.

Jarvis led a so-called taxpayer revolt, which was an enormous hit with voters. In June 1978, Californians passed Prop 13 easily. The initiative subsequently survived court challenges and became law....

California’s General Fund spending in 2011-12 was $86 billion. It has steadily risen each year since and in the next fiscal year will amount to $132 billion. That’s a $46 billion increase, or a 53.4 percent, in just seven years.

And what have Californians received for that money? Are our roads better? Are our schools better? Are we safer? Is our infrastructure immaculate?

Can you name one thing that has gotten better in this state since 2011 because Gov. Brown and the Democrats have been able to spend billions more than they could in 2011-12?

We couldn’t.

It smacks of fiscal irresponsibility more than anything and it needs to stop. But the only way to stop it is to elect fiscal conservatives to the Assembly and Senate and to put a fiscal conservative in the Governor’s Mansion. You won’t find fiscal conservatives in the Democratic Party, unfortunately. So if you value your income and would like to keep a lot more of your paycheck than Gov. Brown and his crowd want you to, it’s time for a taxpayer revolt at the polls in June and November.