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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Setting the Record Straight on false claims from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

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Recently, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association sent a message to its members entitled “Did you mistakenly sign an initiative petition to raise property taxes?”  In the message, that association states that signature gatherers are “falsely claiming” that C.A.R.’s California Home Fairness and Primary Residence Act would protect Proposition 13.

Let’s set the record straight on the initiative REALTORS® are advancing for the 2020 ballot. The message is an end-of-the-year fundraising plea from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, in which President Jon Coupal falsely attacks C.A.R.’s ballot measure in an attempt to scare up some contributions for his own organization. 

Coupal himself admits that our measure “expands the opportunity for older [and disabled] homeowners to transfer their current property tax assessment to a replacement property.” In other words, he admits that C.A.R.’s ballot measure protects Prop 13’s tax benefits by allowing homeowners aged 55 years and older to transfer their existing property tax base to a new home.

Coupal also makes the outlandish assertion that C.A.R.’s measure “REVOKES the protections of Proposition 58 and 193, which currently allow transfers of property between parents and children, and grandparents and grandchildren, without reassessment.”  His claim is patently false.

For the record, when the LA Times asked Coupal about the need to update Propositions 58 and 193 he stated that “even he was surprised the provision led to so many heirs” using tax benefits in ways that were “not in the voters’ minds.” (Los Angeles Times, 8/17/18)

C.A.R. believes the better course of action is to update the intergenerational transfer laws to protect funding for local government and use those funds to allow senior and disabled homeowners – as well as victims of natural disasters – to transfer their property tax base as needed.

That’s why C.A.R.’s measure PROTECTS the right for children to inherit and move into the family home without a tax increase. 

Shame on the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association for mischaracterizing and attacking C.A.R.’s efforts for the purposes of raising money.  The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association should be joining with C.A.R. to protect and strengthen Prop 13 savings for homeowners by passing this important ballot measure.


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