A lot of young people have been expressing their support for California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown. I wonder if property taxes have crossed their minds, and if they’ve ever heard of something called Prop 13. Somehow I don’t think so.
Brown opposed the passage of Prop 13 more than 30 years ago when he was then California’s governor. I fear that if he becomes governor again, he will attempt to circumvent Prop 13, which caps property taxes. In other words, Brown may very well seek to raise property taxes, possibly via voter referendum. He has said there will be no new taxes without voter approval. As such, what if he finds a clever way to get voters to approve a new proposition that somehow reverses or nullifies Prop 13? He claims he will do no such thing, but I do not trust him. Read this interview for details.
Generally speaking, I simply cannot figure out why anyone wants to reelect the has-been Brown. He was already governor of California for two terms, from 1975 to 1983. Meg Whitman is offering “a new California.” I have a feeling, however, that we’re going to get an old one.
And that’s my opinion.