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Prop 19: Property Tax Transfers And Funding For CA Fire Response




Sid Torun, owner of M.S. Torun Family Vineyards, walks through a portion of his property that was burned by the LNU Lightning Complex fire on August 24, 2020 in Vacaville, California.
Sid Torun, owner of M.S. Torun Family Vineyards, walks through a portion of his property that was burned by the LNU Lightning Complex fire on August 24, 2020 in Vacaville, California.
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Come November, California residents will have a number of ballot measures to consider as they cast their ballot. The initiatives cover an array of efforts including reinstating affirmative action, allowing those on parole to vote and implementing the controversial split roll tax. 

Proposition 19, which would expand the ability of homeowners 55 years old and up to transfer their property tax assessment when they move, is also up for consideration. This also extends to homeowners who are disabled or experience a natural disaster. The proposition would also mean those who inherit properties from relatives are less likely to maintain low property tax payments unless they use the property as their primary residence, for example. California’s long and controversial history with property taxes stems from the passage of Prop 13 in 1978. Some argue Prop 19 takes away protections in place from Prop 13 and replaces it with a massive tax increase. But proponents, including the California Association of Realtors, argue the proposition could help incentivize long-time homeowners to move, making room for new families. Today on AirTalk, we discuss the pros and cons of Prop 19. Do you have thoughts? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722.   

Guests:

Fiona Ma, California State Treasurer; she tweets @fionama

Susan Shelley, a columnist and a member of the editorial board of Southern California News Group, which includes the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Daily News, she’s also vice president of communications at Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association; she tweets @Susan_Shelley