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Time to Reassess Prop 13

NBC Bay Area supports an honest debate about the unintended results of the 34-year-old law

Friday, Apr 20, 2012  |  Updated 1:39 PM PDT
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Critics say the law has been a windfall for the owners of commercial property. Assembly bill 2014 would authorize a Prop 13 task force to analyze the pros and cons.

Critics say the law has been a windfall for the owners of commercial property. Assembly bill 2014 would authorize a Prop 13 task force to analyze the pros and cons.

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It’s tax season -- a good time to re-think one of California’s biggest tax shelters: Proposition 13.

The 34-year-old law has kept legions of families from being taxed out of their homes.  

But it also protects owners of commercial property.

Skyscrapers, shopping malls, even vineyards reap huge savings from the property tax cap.

With local governments in fiscal crisis, assessors are re-assessing Prop 13.

San Francisco’s “Close the Loophole” campaign is going after corporate deals.  Other groups want to target all non-residential properties.  

NBC Bay Area supports an honest debate about the unintended results of Prop 13.

It was supposed to benefit homeowners, not high rises.

Assembly bill 2014 would authorize a Prop 13 task force, which is a good start.

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