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CSSA Legislative Alert - Preserving Prop 13 and Making it Difficult to Raise Local Taxes

Wednesday, August 30, 2023 11:35 AM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)

CSSA Legislative Alert

Preserving Prop 13 and Making it Difficult to Raise Local Taxes

According to the Secretary of State’s office, nine measures have qualified for the 2024 ballot thus far.  Among them is “The Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act”, which seeks to raise the threshold for passing new state and local taxes by requiring voters to approve any increase passed by the Legislature. It would also impose a two-thirds vote requirement on local taxes. This initiative is backed by a coalition led by the California Business Roundtable – and supported by CSSA.

Assembly Democrats Push Back Against Business-Supported Tax Reform Initiative

Seemingly in response to the Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act, a constitutional amendment has been introduced by Assemblymember Chris Ward (D-San Diego) and coauthored by Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas (D-Hollister). The measure, ACA 13, titled the “Protect and Retain the Majority Vote Act”, would require any statewide initiative seeking to increase a vote threshold to also be approved by the same higher threshold it is proposing.  Thus, under ACA 13, the business coalition’s initiative would need to pass by at least a two-thirds vote of the electorate. 

SEIU California, a labor group that opposes the Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act reform initiative, has already offered support for the constitutional amendment, ACA 13.

Action Requested

Several coalition organizations that CSSA supports are requesting your assistance:

Protect Proposition 13

Sign the Petition to Oppose ACA 13

Assembly Constitutional Amendment 13 (Ward; D- San Diego and Rivas; D-Salinas)seeks to limit the initiative process by shifting the power to raise the voter threshold for new and higher taxes away from voters and to the Legislature. ACA 13 is a last-minute attack on Proposition 13 sponsored by the same public employee union group that spent almost $100M on Prop. 15 in 2020 – a Split Roll Property tax measure which was narrowly defeated.  

 ACA 13 is meant to protect the recent court decisions that have removed the two-thirds tax vote thresholds on your properties. Most recently this loophole was used to pass Measure ULA in the City of Los Angeles, an $800M per year tax on apartments and commercial properties.

 ACA 13 is a brazen attempt to change the Constitution to stop the  Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act, which has qualified for the November 2024 ballot and will restore the two-thirds vote requirement on special taxes, fixing the Upland Loophole and protecting against future attempts at creating a Split Roll tax.

 We need your help. Please take a moment to sign the petition to let your legislators know you oppose ACA 13. 

  Thank you for your support of our ongoing efforts to protect taxpayers from the continued attacks on Proposition 13.


Ross Hutchings, CAE

Executive Director

CA Self Storage Association

CSSA Office: 5325 Elkhorn Blvd., #283, Sacramento, CA 95842 | Phone: 888-277-2207

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