Category Archives: Prop. 13

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 … Continue reading

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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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Maybe it’s time for California’s taxpayers to go on strike

By Jon Coupal | Around California, public school teachers are on strike seeking more pay, better benefits and less competition from charter schools. They are also demanding that the rest of us pay higher taxes. Indeed, as part of the … Continue reading

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HJTA president Jon Coupal talks taxes on KABC radio

Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, talked taxes last week with Dr. Drew Pinsky and Leeann Tweeden on KABC radio. To listen to the interview, click here for Part 1 (mp3 – 6 mins) and here for … Continue reading

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Defending direct democracy, defending taxpayers

By Jon Coupal | The powers of direct democracy — initiative, referendum and recall — are powerful tools to control slow-moving or corrupt politicians. These powers are enshrined in the California Constitution for reasons that are just as compelling in … 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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Once again, California Prop. 13 is ‘on the table’

By Jon Coupal | In the contest to see who will be California’s next governor, political pollsters haven’t given Republican John Cox much of a chance of prevailing over former San Francisco mayor and current Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. After … Continue reading

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The real story behind Sacramento’s push for tax hikes: pension red ink

Editorial, San Diego Union-Tribune | Two bold proposals to increase both taxes and what can be taxed illustrate how California’s elected leaders are failing to be honest with voters about the nature of the budget problems facing the state. The … Continue reading

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By all means, let’s educate the voters about Proposition 13

By Jon Coupal | This past week, progressive interest groups announced they had sufficient signatures to qualify an initiative for the 2020 ballot that is a direct attack on Proposition 13. Specifically, this so-called “split roll” initiative would raise property … Continue reading

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California’s Property Tax Postponement program aids low-income seniors

By Jon Coupal | For Californians who are struggling to pay property tax bills that are rising ever higher due to the increasing number of local bonds and parcel taxes, help may be available. Property taxes are held in check … Continue reading

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