Prop 19 passed with broad support from Democrats, Republicans, firefighters, wildfire victims, seniors, local government officials, labor, education, business, and community organizations
SACRAMENTO – California voters have spoken and over 7.8 million voters supported Proposition 19, which will provide additional funding to firefighters, local governments, and school districts, as well as limit property tax increases for wildfire victims, seniors, and those with severe disabilities – giving some of California’s most vulnerable communities much-needed housing relief.
“Voters passed Proposition 19 because it is a win-win for California, providing needed housing and tax relief for seniors, wildfire victims, and generating much needed revenue for schools, fire districts, cities, and counties as they face budget shortfalls due to harmful economic impact of COVID-19,” said CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® President Jeanne Radsick.
“Firefighters across California are thankful to voters supporting Proposition 19. The wildfires California has experienced in the past few months make it abundantly clear that additional resources are needed. The funds from Prop 19 will make a difference in fire protection and emergency response to safeguard millions of California homes and lives,” said California Professional Firefighters President Brian Rice.
Specifically, Proposition 19 will do the following:
Support Life-Saving Fire & Emergency Response
• Secure needed revenue for fire protection, fire districts, and CalFire in support of California’s wildfire response.
• Provide dedicated funding for fire response across the state – including historically underfunded fire districts in rural and urban communities – protecting millions of homes and lives.
Generate Hundreds of Millions of Annual Funding for Fire Protection and Local Government
• Generate new revenues for fire protection and local government, emergency services, and vital programs including healthcare access, affordable housing projects, homeless and mental health services.
• Help balance budgets and provide a boost to our state’s economic recovery from the COVID- 19 pandemic, with revenue projections growing to over $2 billion annually.
Limit Property Tax Increases for Seniors, People with Disabilities, Families, and Wildfire Victims
• Provide housing relief by allowing seniors, people with severe disabilities and victims of wildfires to transfer their home’s property tax base to a replacement home anywhere in California.
• Constitutionally protect the right for parents and grandparents to pass the family home to their children and grandchildren so they can afford to live in the home as intended by Prop 58. •Open up housing inventory throughout California for renters and first-time homeowners.
Protect Homes as Intended for Californians, Closing Unfair Loopholes Used by Non-Californians
• Close loopholes and tax breaks used on vacation houses, second homes, and beachfront rentals by wealthy non-California residents and trust fund heirs – meant for California homeowners.
• Ensure tax savings work to protect vulnerable Californians and California homeowners as intended under Propositions 58 and 193 – not tax loopholes for out-of-state residents and trust fund heirs to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.