MAKING IT EASIER TO RAISE California PROPERTY TAXES

I just wrote a few days ago about how the California Legislature through a
Senate Constitutional Amendment wants to limit the ability to inherit low property taxes. For it to become law, it will require a two-thirds majority vote by both houses of the State Legislature, then it would go on the ballot in 2020.

The California Legislature is also working on another State Constitution Amendment to enable local communities to raise their own property taxes with a 55% voter approval at the ballot box as opposed to the current 66.7% requirement. Lowering voter approval to 55% should make it easier for communities to raise their parcel taxes to fund local schools. Hopefully any laws passed will address the limited financial resources of senior citizens and have some special carve out for folks that have recently purchased a home since they are likely already paying very high property taxes compared to many other folks in their community.

This amendment will also require a two-thirds majority vote by both houses of the State Legislature, then it would go on the ballot in 2020 where a simple majority could make it law.

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