Prop 15 is the largest property tax hike in state history. It includes deceptive provisions that hit agriculture with higher taxes, Hurting Family Farmers and Consumers.
Sacramento special interests have qualified Prop 15, an initiative on the November ballot that would undo important, long-standing property tax protections for commercial and agricultural property that voters approved via Prop 13 many decades ago.
Prop 15 backers say their measure won’t impact agriculture, but they included language which exposes farmers and ranchers to steep property tax hikes on all “fixtures and improvements,” ranging from barns to fruit trees.
Prop 15 doesn’t just tax barns, fruit/nut trees, dairies, vineyards, wineries and processing facilities. It also taxes food transportation companies, food warehouses and grocers–every step between the farm and the dinner table.
This will drive up food prices for California consumers, who are already struggling with the high cost of living in California before the recent crisis hit. Californians can’t afford higher food prices.
The California Farm Bureau, Western Growers Association and the Agricultural Council of California are leading an effort among California’s agriculture community to defeat this harmful tax. We strongly believe voters and consumers need to hear from farmers and ranchers how this will impact farms and food prices.
Communicating to voters costs money, so we are asking for your support. Please join us in working to defeat this poorly timed and poorly conceived tax.