Editor,

Proposition 19 has a hidden threat to seniors who have inherited their homes. If inherited homes are valued at more than $1 million, then property taxes will substantially increase. Some will have to leave their lifelong homes as a result of their inability to pay the huge tax increase.

Seniors who want to stay in their homes aren’t thrilled that the Silicon Valley market value of their homes has ballooned. Me for one. I have lived in my home since 1970. I live on a fixed income. My mother struggled to keep our house and we often didn’t have proper food when I was young. Two of my senior neighbors have lived in their homes since birth. One still has to work, the other cares for his disabled wife, works part time, and rents out a room in his house.

Proposition 19 helps seniors who want to leave, but threatens seniors who need to stay.

Michelle Byron

San Mateo

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Thank you for visiting the Daily Journal.

Please purchase an Enhanced Subscription to continue reading. To continue, please log in, or sign up for a new account.

We offer one free story view per month. If you register for an account, you will get two additional story views. After those three total views, we ask that you support us with a subscription.

A subscription to our digital content is so much more than just access to our valuable content. It means you’re helping to support a local community institution that has, from its very start, supported the betterment of our society. Thank you very much!