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Evolve is working to reform Proposition 13 so that commercial property pays its fair share, and funding is restored to schools and public services.

           

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Evolve California is a grassroots non-profit working to increase funding for public education by reforming the commercial side of Prop. 13.

California is currently ranked 44th in the nation in per-pupil education funding and local governments are struggling to fund basic services. While our schools are drastically underfunded, Chevron saves over a hundred million dollars every year in property taxes because of Prop. 13.

Prop. 13 was passed to protect homeowners, but commercial property owners have benefited the most. Prior to Prop. 13, commercial real estate accounted for nearly 50% of property tax revenue in California, and our schools were consistently ranked top 10 in per-pupil funding. Today only 28% of property taxes come from non-residential commercial property and individuals are forced to bear an increasing tax burden to fund essential services.  After 40 years, it's clearly time for commercial property owners to pay their fair share.

Reforming Prop 13 to regularly reassess non-residential commercial properties will:

  • Generate over $11 billion a year in funding for schools and public services.
  • Prioritize funding for essential services over tax breaks for corporations.
  • Make our tax system more equitable and fair for individuals and working families
 

Organizations:

If you represent an organization that would like to publicly show your support for Prop. 13 reform, please click the button below to fill out our Organizational Endorsement Form.

Click here to see the full list of organizations that have endorsed our campaign.

Small Businesses:

If you own a small business that wants to endorse our campaign to reform Prop. 13, please get in touch with us directly by sending an email to campaign@evolve-ca.org.

Elected Officials:

If you are an elected official that supports reforming the commercial side of Prop. 13, let us know!  Click the button below to access the Elected Official Endorsement Form

Click here to see the list of elected officials in California that have already joined the movement.