Dan Walters

Dan Walters

It’s amazing, in a way, that as California’s politics drifted leftward over the past several decades, the iconic symbol of its once-conservative mien, Proposition 13, has remained intact.

Overwhelmingly passed by voters in 1978, Proposition 13 froze property tax rates (1% plus bonds) and limited the growth of taxable values to 2% a year as long as property did not change hands. It also made it more difficult to enact new taxes of any kind, either by politicians or voters.

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(3) comments

Terence Y

Well written, Mr. Walters - a great analysis of this report, and especially of the conclusion. All homeowners know that Proposition 13 provides limited property tax increases and are a benefit to homeowners at all income levels, especially those at the lower end. Of course people who don’t feel their property taxes are high enough can always write a check to the state. But how often will that happen?


This is an excellent Op-Ed. If progressives were to succeed in eliminating prop 13, the major part of out tax base would de-camp from CA.

Dirk van Ulden

Dan - your last line says it all. It is about money and a leftist plot to wrangle more out of us. School districts are clearly flush with money and divert much funding to non-educational programs. In Belmont alone, new gyms, performance centers, administrative facilities and fancy parking lots spring out of the ground like mushrooms. And now we are asked to fund another bond cycle with the usual plea: it is for our children; wink wink, for our staff benefits and pensions.

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