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Proposed State Assembly Constitutional Amendment lowers the voting threshold for raising taxes

Please sign the petition against the proposed State Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA-1), introduced by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (Democrat - Yolo County).

This amendment allows special taxes and bonds for housing and infrastructure to pass with only a 55% majority. Currently the voting threshold is two-thirds vote, as mandated by Proposition 13.

ACA-1 is currently awaiting a vote in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

CLICK HERE to help prevent it from moving forward!

The link to the petition is below. Your address information copies your local legislators and the Governor when you hit 'send'.:

CLICK HERE to take action: http://action.fightforprop13.org/

For more information about the amendment (ACA-1) by Howard Jarvis, please click the below link:

https://www.hjta.org/legislation/major-threats-to-prop-13-and-homeowners/

Excerpt from the Howard Jarvis Website About Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1 (ACA-1):

"This amendment makes it easier to raise property taxes to pay for any type of government project. It lowers the vote threshold from the current two-thirds vote — as mandated by Proposition 13 — to just 55% for a new or higher special tax to fund “infrastructure” or “affordable housing.” Under this bill, the definition of a special tax includes sales and parcel tax increases, both of which are very regressive. California has the highest sales tax in the nation, and parcel taxes add hundreds of dollars of new taxes to the one-percent tax rate property owners already pay under Proposition 13.

"ACA 1 also lowers the vote threshold from two-thirds to 55% to approve bonds, as has already been done for local school bonds (by Proposition 39 in 2000). While all voters are able to vote on this debt, only property owners pay it. Lowering the threshold for local school bonds has added billions of dollars of new debt on property tax bills since 2000. Considering that this debt is often on property tax bills for at least 30 years, maintaining a higher voter approval threshold is crucial to protecting current and future taxpayers.

"ACA 1 also does nothing to address California’s affordable housing crisis. Right now, one-third of renters spend half of their take-home pay on rent, only 30 percent of Californians can afford a median-priced home, and only 53 percent of Californians are homeowners statewide, well below the national average. Adding hundreds of dollars a year to individual property tax bills won’t make home ownership more affordable."

Thank you in advance for taking action.

Together we can make a difference!