Posts Tagged ‘property taxes’

Thirteen Plus Forty

Wednesday May 16th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:58pm PDT   •   0 Comments

June 6 will mark 40 years since California voters passed the People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation, more commonly known as Proposition 13. As its primary backers recall, “property taxes were out of control. People were losing their homes because they could not pay their property taxes, yet government did nothing to help them.”…
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Government Sinecure Santa is Scrooge with Taxpayers

Wednesday December 21st, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:28am PST   •   0 Comments

Maybe it is the season to be jolly, but California taxpayers are still getting over their sticker shock on higher property tax bills, and the extension of steep income-tax hikes that were supposed to be “temporary.” Governor Jerry Brown, a born-again tax hiker, promoted that extension and has also been playing the sinecure Santa…
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Tis the Season for Tax Sticker Shock Abuse

Tuesday December 6th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:10am PST   •   1 Comment

Property tax bills showed up back in October in envelopes reading: TAX BILL – OPEN IMMEDIATELY. Note the light touch, sort of like “hand over the wallet, Jack!” This year, many taxpayers will have to dig deeper in their wallet, but not because California’s county governments are providing them more and better services. The…
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Tax Limitation Measure Still Under Attack

Wednesday September 21st, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:50am PDT   •   2 Comments

California’s Legislative Analyst has released Common Claims About Proposition 13, the People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation 65 percent of California voters approved in 1978. The LAO examines whether Proposition 13 stabilizes property taxes, discourages new business creation, increases home ownership, and so forth. Prop 13 opponents, primarily government ruling-class types, claim it reduces…
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Proposition 13 Liars Exposed

Tuesday July 19th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:53am PDT   •   1 Comment

In 1978, when Jerry Brown was governor, soaring property taxes were literally driving people from their homes. Embattled Californians responded with the People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation. This measure capped property tax rates for residential and commercial properties at 1 percent of the assessed value and prevented assessed value from growing more than…
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Government Gravy Train Overflows

Monday December 14th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:03am PST   •   0 Comments

Property tax bills, marked OPEN IMMEDIATELY and helpfully timed for the holiday season, may put taxpayers in a mood to calculate what government is costing them. In typical style, government does not make such calculation easy, but Brad Branan of the Sacramento Bee provides some guidance. When calculating the salaries of public officials, for…
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Wednesday December 10th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:53am PST   •   0 Comments

Some taxpayers remain unaware that government-employee unions run the state of California, but the evidence is not hard to find. Sure enough, Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers, fired the first salvo to make a temporary tax hike permanent. “Proposition 30 is the best thing to happen to public education and…
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The BOE Bottomless Money Pit

Wednesday May 28th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:15am PDT   •   3 Comments

Jon Ortiz of the Sacramento Bee has dubbed the State Board of Equalization (BOE) headquarters in the state capitol as a “Terror Tower,” with good reason. Since the 24-story office building opened 21 years ago, taxpayers have “shoveled about $60 million into combating defects that have plagued the tower, including invasive mold, leaking windows,…
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Lessons From a Tax Bill

Friday October 18th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:45am PDT   •   0 Comments

Federal and state governments always deserve attention but county governments send out the property tax bills. The envelope of mine read: TAX BILL – OPEN IMMEDIATELY No exclamation point necessary. The tone is, “let’s have the wallet, Jack. And let’s have it right now.” Government likes the imperative mood. Inside the taxpayer learns that…
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Lay Your Burden Down: Proposition 13 Revisited

Monday June 10th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:25am PDT   •   1 Comment

In California between 1974 and 1978 property taxes increased 120 percent and people worried they might lose their homes. Enter Proposition 13, which amended the state’s constitution to limit the growth of property taxes—appropriately enough, as 35 years ago the state was running a budget surplus. The measure capped property tax rates for residential…
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