Psst, Someone Tell My Landlord

Wednesday, June 09, 2010 , 1 Comments

Looks like California voters aren't totally lost after all.

SF Gate:

Property owners who renovate their buildings to withstand earthquakes won't have to pay property taxes on the improvements.

California voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 13 by a margin of 85 percent to 15 percent with 9 percent of precincts reporting.

The measure changes the state Constitution so that counties can no longer raise property taxes until a building is sold to a new owner.

Current law allows county assessors to increase property taxes after owners make significant upgrades or additions to their buildings. Earthquake improvements were exempt from assessments for 15 years.

Supporters say the change in the law will encourage property owners to make improvements to older, unreinforced buildings that are most prone to collapse in earthquakes.

I'm trying to picture who makes up the 15% as it surely isn't landlords nor tenants... broke California legislators who were counting on the extra property tax income? Gavin Newsom and his leftie doom crew?

Whatever. Yay us!

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Anonymous said...

I don't live in CA, but I would have been one of the mysterious 15. How about giving me a tax break for fixing my roof?