Ballot Title: Permits Legislature to Exclude Newly Constructed Rain-Capture Systems From Property-Tax Reassessment Requirement. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.
- Except in certain circumstances, under the California Constitution, construction on existing property requires reassessment for tax purposes.
- The California Constitution permits the Legislature to exempt some construction on existing property from property-tax reassessment requirements.
- Amends the California Constitution to permit the Legislature to exempt the construction or addition of rain-capture systems from the type of construction that would require a property-tax reassessment.
- Applicable to construction or addition of rain-capture systems completed on or after January 1, 2019
In 2012, the state legislature unanimously passed the Rainwater Capture Act, which allows Californians to build rainwater storage systems on their properties. Not all counties allow rainwater capture and storage, though. According to current property tax law, any “new construction” can be reassessed by your county tax assessor for taxable value. Prop 72 was passed in both houses of the legislature unanimously to protect taxpayers from higher property taxes if they choose to build rainwater capture systems on their property after January 1st, 2019. The only downside to Prop 72 is that it includes a sunset on January 1st, 2029. At that point the legislature would have to vote to extend the property tax exclusion. The voters have historically voted for and approved property tax exclusions, like Prop 72, for specific additions and new construction.
- Prop 72 is a win-win for Californians. It promotes responsible water conservation while also protecting taxpayers from higher property taxes.
- Prop 72 was supported by every Republican legislator in both the Senate and the Assembly. Though it was authored by a Democrat, this is the exact type of taxpayer protection legislation that Republicans have tried to get through the legislature for years.
- Voters deserve the right to vote on protecting their property taxes. Prop 72 would give taxpayers the chance to show the liberal legislature that measures like this should pass with little to no opposition and by a high margin when it comes to protecting taxpayers.
Official CFRW Positions
- Prop 68: NO
- Prop 69: NO
- Prop 70: NO
- Prop 71: YES
- Prop 72: YES
Proposition 68: California Parks, Environment, and Water Bond- would issue a $4 billion general obligation bond, with a 3.5% interest rate over 30 years, bringing the bill to the taxpayers up to $6.4 billion total. The CFRW says vote NO.
Proposition 69: Transportation Taxes and Fees Lockbox and Appropriations Limit Exemption Amendment- states that Senate Bill 1 revenue from diesel taxes will be placed in a “lockbox” and used only for transportation fund purposes. The CFRW says vote NO.
Proposition 70: Vote Requirement to Use Cap and Trade Funds Amendment- would require a one-time vote in 2024 by a 2/3rds legislative majority to allocate state Cap and Trade program revenue. The CFRW says vote NO.
Proposition 71: Effective Date of Ballot Measures Amendment- changes the date for when voter approved ballot measures take effect from the day after the election to the fifth day after the Secretary of State certifies the election. The CFRW says vote YES.
Proposition 72: Rainwater Capture Systems Excluded from Property Tax Assessment- would exclude any new rainwater capture structures from property value tax reassessment from counting as a new structure. The CFRW says vote YES.
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CALIFORNIA GOP ENDORSEMENTS FOR JUNE 5 PRIMARY
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GOVERNOR: No Endorsement
Lieutenant Governor: Cole Harris
Secretary of State: Mark P. Meuser
State Controller: Konstantinos Roditis
State Treasurer: No Endorsement
State Attorney General: Steven C Bailey
State Board of Equalization - District 2: Mark Burns
US Senate: No Endorsement
Congress: US House - District 2: Dale K. Mensing
State Legislature: State Assembly - District 2: Matt Heath
Schools: State Superintendent of Public Instruction: No Endorsement
Proposition 68: NO
Proposition 69: No Endorsement
Proposition 70: NO
Proposition 71: YES
Proposition 72: YES