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PROP
13
Seismic Retrofitting

Earthquake safety improvements made to unreinforced masonry (such as brick) buildings would not result in higher property taxes until the property is sold.

Yes: 3,263,664 [84.6%]
No: 598,245 [15.4%]

Pro / Con

PRO 

Supporters say that Proposition 13 makes necessary changes to the state constitution in order to eliminate a dangerous disincentive for property owners to upgrade un-reinforced masonry structures in order to improve earth quake safety. Supporters also say that the proposition promotes fairness by eliminating the unequal treatment of different types of property which undergo seismic safety improvements.

Supporters

California Chamber of Commerce

CON 

No argument against Proposition 13 was submitted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polling

Polling

SurveyUSA Election Poll #16638
"On Proposition 13, which prevents property taxes from being reassessed after buildings are renovated for earthquake protection, are you ... Certain to vote yes? Certain to vote no? Or not certain? {"Not certain" voters were asked: At this hour, on Proposition 13, do you ... lean toward yes? lean toward no, or do you not lean?}””



In-Depth

In-Depth

Proposition 13 would change state law by deleting the two existing exclusions regarding seismic upgrades and replacing them with a single seismic safety exclusion. Currently, local property taxes are based on a property’s assessed value. Image from Wikimedia.orgWhen a property is not sold or there is no new construction on a property, assessors will generally keep the value the same plus a small yearly increase for inflation. New construction, however, usually causes a reassessment if a new building is added, a building is converted to new use, or a building is renovated to appear new. The new assessed value will increase depending on the assessor's consideration of value added by the new construction. Regular maintenance and repairs do not generally raise the value of a property.

Currently, the law excludes seismic upgrades on unreinforced masonry buildings from reassessment for a period of 15 years. The law also excludes earthquake upgrades to any building without a time limit. Proposition 13 would introduce a new exclusion which would last until the property is sold and would have no time limit. Properties with masonry buildings would have their reassessment limit extended beyond 15 years. Future masonry building upgrades would receive exclusions with no time limit. Proposition 13 would mean that earthquake safety improvements made to unreinforced masonry buildings would not result in higher property taxes until the building is sold.

Voter Resources

Voter Resources

Official CA Documents

Official Voter Information Guide

Campaign Finance Information

Cal-Access General
Committees formed to support or oppose the ballot measure.

Cal-Access Ballot Measure Summary Data Search
Select Primary 08 June 2010 and Proposition 013.

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Nonpartisan Analysis

Ballotpedia

Pros & Cons (League of Women Voters)

Multimedia

Multimedia

Non-partisan

Endorsements

Endorsements