Share Your Story
Share Your Story
Tell us why Prop. 13 reform matters to you!
Personal stories demonstrate the impact that Prop. 13 has had on our schools and communities. By highlighting why everyday people want Prop. 13 reformed, we'll keep the focus on the real issues and motivate others to act. Making your story as specific and personal as possible will help maximize its impact! Here's an example:
"When I heard that CVS bought out our local Longs Drugstore in El Cerrito Plaza, I also learned that CVS structured the deal to take advantage of a 99 year lease from the family-owned Longs that would enable them to keep their property tax at 1976 levels. Between 2006-2012, our district schools had to cut PE, Art, Music, and advanced math programs, as well as increase class size for K-12. We had 34 kids in our girls' 4-6th grade classes, and sometimes over 42 kids in the middle school classes. This is directly attributable to not having enough money coming in from property taxes, and I think to myself, shame on CVS for squeezing out additional profit by taking it away from our kids."
Thanks for sharing your story and moving the issue forward!
Proposition 13 was passed in 1978 to protect homeowners. Unfortunately, Prop. 13 created massive loopholes for corporations, allowing them to avoid paying fair property taxes even when their properties change hands. This large corporate giveaway hurts homeowners, students, and all Californians. By closing the loophole and making corporations pay their fair share based on the current value of their properties, we can bring back at least $6 billion each year to schools and public services in California.