What ARE THE IMPACTS OF PROP 15?
#1 END OF PROP 13 PROTECTIONS
The ballot measure has a staggering price tag of $11.5 billion per year in property tax increases, repealing Proposition 13’s protections for commercial and industrial properties that have provided California ranchers with economic certainty and stability.
Property taxes will increase on agricultural buildings and improvements, and nearly everything needed to move food from farm to fork. Structures like barns and feedlots will be heavily taxed; even fruit trees and vines will be subject to higher property taxes.
#3 RANGELANDS VANISHING
The very landscape of California is on the line. Prop 15 gives counties a tax incentive to zone land away from agriculture, and Prop 15’s increased tax liability will force some ranchers and farmers to sell their land to developers, eliminating open spaces and California’s breathtaking vistas.
ISN't Agriculture EXEMPT from prop 15?
Long story short, NO.
1978’s Proposition 13 dictated that property taxes for residential and business property are calculated based on 1 percent of the property’s purchase price, with annual property tax increases capped at 2 percent. Under Proposition 15, commercial and industrial properties would be removed from Proposition 13’s protections and be reassessed at current market value every three years—increasing property taxes statewide by as much as $12 billion annually
While the proponents of the split roll (and indeed the official summary for the proposition) claim that “agricultural properties” are “exempt” from this property tax hike, this claim is intentionally misleading. The proponents acknowledge that “Commercial or industrial structures on agricultural land would be taxed at market value,” including barns, feedlots, methane digesters and other improvements on agricultural lands.
READ ABOUT THE FLAWS OF PROP 15
In addition to hurting farmers and ranchers, Prop 15 will have repercussions on all Californians. From impacting small businesses, to threatening the state's renewable energy goals to adding fuel to California's housing crisis, the No on Prop 15 Coalition explains the flaws of Prop 15 and why this measure must be defeated on the November ballot!
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Governor Newsom, Just Say No to Prop 15
“Because Prop 15 raises property taxes, and those higher taxes get passed on to small business tenants like me, we have to choose between passing those higher costs on to consumers, reducing staff or going out of business.”
-PATRICK MULVANEY, HEAD CHEF OF MULVANEY’S B&L
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CCA Working to Defeat Prop 15: How You Can Help
“…under Proposition 15 dairy methane digesters and solar panels would be taxed at a higher rate, effectively punishing ranchers for developing environmentally friendly improvements upon their lands and disincentivizing further adoption of these technologies on working lands.”
-KIRK WILBUR, CCA VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
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