Category Archives: Property Taxes

Is California really a low property tax state?

By Jon Coupal | To hear progressives tell it, California’s property tax is way too low and needs to be increased to fund the critical needs of schools and local governments.  But the notion that Proposition 13 – enacted 40 … Continue reading

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LAUSD’s punishing parcel tax proposal

By Jon Coupal | America’s most dysfunctional school district has stepped in it again. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), apparently coming to the shocking realization that there was no way they could pay for the horrible deal they … Continue reading

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How to read your property tax bill

By Jon Coupal| Thanks to Proposition 13, property tax bills are less scary in California than they are in a lot of other states. Homeowners in Illinois and New Jersey, just to cite two examples, have been known to let … Continue reading

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In Sacramento, Democrats are run by the unions

By Jon Coupal | June 6 marks the 40th anniversary of voters’ overwhelming approval of Proposition 13, which has been protecting all California taxpayers ever since. Some people mistakenly think Prop. 13 protects only homeowners, because it cut the property … Continue reading

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That ‘split roll’ you heard about? It’s less a Prop. 13 fix than a pension bailout

Editorial, The San Diego Union-Tribune | Proposition 13, the landmark 1978 ballot measure credited with touching off a national anti-tax revolution, has never stopped being controversial. Critics say its cap on annual property tax increases and its two-thirds voting requirement … Continue reading

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How high would your property tax be without Proposition 13?

Think Proposition 13 isn’t helping you? Guess again. How high would your property tax be without Proposition 13? To help you figure that out, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has launched an easy-to-use online tax calculator called “The Guessing Game.” It … Continue reading

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Property tax debate in 1978 wasn’t just about ‘grandma’s house’

[This column was written in response to a syndicated column that was published in the Ventura County Star that promoted a split-roll property tax.] By David Kline | In his column supporting property tax increases in California (“Will Prop. 13 … Continue reading

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Don’t let California become Chicago

By Jon Coupal | Well, it happened again. Homeowners in Chicago now face yet another property tax increase to pay for the city’s mounting pension debt. Local taxpayers have already been slammed with nearly $1.1 billion in property tax increases, … Continue reading

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Trick or treat, your property tax bill is here

By Jon Coupal | Which is scarier showing up in your mailbox — Halloween movies from Netflix or your property tax bill? For homeowners, even “The Exorcist” can’t compare in terms of pure fright as the annual envelope from the … Continue reading

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This Supreme Court ruling imperils every California taxpayer

By Jon Coupal | Earlier this week the California Supreme Court issued a stunning decision which imperils every California taxpayer. At issue is whether taxes proposed by special interests using the local initiative Cheap Inflatable Sports For Sale process have … Continue reading

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