NO on Prop 15 – Stop Tax Hikes
By Wayne Lusvardi, August 7, 2020 7:10 am
It was elderly widows who were being thrown out of their homes for unpaid property taxes in 1975 before Proposition 13. Now with Proposition 15 it will be mom and pop businesses in leased buildings, and Uber drivers who own their homes who are going to be displaced.
Proposition 15 – the so-called split commercial/residential tax roll – on the November ballot is being advertised as solely a commercial property tax. But there is a trojan horse contained in Proposition 15 that will unravel Proposition 13 property tax protections even for residential properties.
Single-family residential homes used for home offices or UBER drivers who park their cars at their owned residences will have their homes reclassified as commercial properties under proposed Proposition 15. Eventually, property taxes will be equalized by the legislature, and the mandates of Proposition 15 will apply to all owners who hold multiple homes and apartments, not just commercial properties. Moreover, small business owners will have the higher property taxes passed through to them in the form of higher rents and will not be able to stay in business after a couple of years. But it will be the consumers who will ultimately pay the so-called higher commercial property taxes.