The Fiscalization Of Land Use

David Abel and Rick Cole explain why California has to come to terms with California's broken Prop. 13.
May 9, 2003, 1pm PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Next month marks the 25th anniversary of Proposition 13. Because then-Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature failed to deal with the growing revolt against soaring property taxes, voters approved the Jarvis-Gann initiative, slashing property taxes by nearly two-thirds and imposing strict limits on future increases. In the quarter-century since, that failure of state leadership has only been compounded. No serious attempt has ever been made to deal with Proposition 13 and put in place a fair and stable system for paying for California's public services. All we've had is crass opportunism, crisis management and unintended consequences."

Thanks to Larry Segal

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Published on Friday, May 9, 2003 in The Los Angeles Times
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