Call the Capitol today to protect Proposition 13!

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is asking members and supporters to oppose the newest attack on Proposition 13, Senate Constitutional Amendment 5. This measure would make it easier to raise property tax bills by lowering the two-thirds vote currently required for approval of local education parcel taxes to just 55 percent.


SCA 5 will be heard in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee tomorrow morning, April 24. Please call the legislators listed below today and ask them to protect Proposition 13 by voting NO on SCA 5.


  • Lowering the two-thirds vote for education parcel taxes makes it easier to add new taxes that show up “below the line” on property tax bills and are not included in Prop. 13’s one-percent cap. This can add hundreds of dollars a year to residential and business property tax bills.
  • Parcel taxes are very regressive in that all property owners typically pay the same amount, regardless of the size of the home or business. Also, numerous parcel taxes have been approved since 2010 with a two-thirds vote; there’s no need to lower the threshold if voters are persuaded that the money is really needed.
  • While everybody gets to vote on parcel taxes, only property owners pay them. That’s why we must continue to demand a supermajority threshold to authorize debt or new taxes.

Please call the following Members of the Senate Government and Finance Committee and urge them to oppose SCA 5:

Senator Mike McGuire (Eureka, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Ukiah)  Mr. McGuire is the Chair of the Governance and Finance Committee: 916-651-4002

Sen. Jim Beall (San Jose, Los Gatos): 916-651-4015

Sen. Bob Hertzberg (Los Angeles, Burbank, San Fernando): 916-651-4018

Sen. Melissa Hurtado (Fresno, Hanford, Sanger): 916-651-4014

Sen. Scott Wiener (San Francisco, Daly City): 916-651-4011

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