We still love Prop. 13: Field Poll
September 23, 2011
Californians still love their 33-year-old Prop. 13, the property tax reduction amendment, according to the results of the latest field poll released today.
By more than two to one, voters told pollsters that they would vote to endorse the measure again today if the measure was put before them. The same number would jettison any proposal aimed at amending Prop. 13.
The Field Poll sampled 1,001 registered voters in both English and Spanish.
Over the years, public officials have found themselves bogged down in searches for more revenues in the aftermath of passage of the popular amendment, and have since its passage in 1978 tried to find ways to weaken, circumvent, or simply ignore the law. Few have succeeded.
Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann authored Prop. 13 in an environment where property taxes were being hiked regularly by politicians and bureaucrats, and many homeowners believed their domiciles were threatened. Overwhelming support from seniors has helped the amendment retain its luster, as it prevents property tax increases from being assessed without a vote of those affected. It also allowed seniors to avoid increases as long as they remained in their homes.
Over the years, both local and state politicians have attempted without much success to augment shrinking tax revenue streams from myriad other sources.