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Calif. Farm Bureau rolls out opposition to split roll ballot initiative

February 29, 2020

By Alex Tavlian : sjvsun – excerpt

A proposal to roll back Proposition 13 for commercial properties saw a new opponent emerge on Thursday: farmers.

The California Farm Bureau Federation announced Thursday it would

The prospective initiative, which creates a so-called “split roll” on property taxes, is not set to hit the ballot until November.

If approved, the initiative would account for a $12.5 billion tax hike on commercial properties held across the spectrum – from major distribution centers to small businesses.

The initiative would not directly affect the property tax on farms, but would apply to any ag-related improvements made to the property that include some of the basics of farming – from barns to dairies to vineyards and orchards, the California Farm Bureau Federation said.

The split roll initiative does not repeal Proposition 13’s cornerstone provision – a cap on property taxes at 1 percent of the assessed value of the property – for any type of property.

However, Proposition 13 locks in a property’s assessed value when ownership changes or under other specific conditions, such as new construction or additions to a property…(more)

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