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Farmer: Proposed changes to Proposition 13 could devastate family farms

April 2, 2020

By Eric Bream, Guest Columnist : visaliatimesdelta – excerpt

As a third-generation family farmer who supports and defends farming at every turn, I’m stunned that a measure headed for the November statewide ballot could result in the further disappearance of farms and farmland.

Not only will the farming community directly suffer if the ballot initiative to raise property taxes by up to $12.5 billion annually passes, but the tax hike will also hurt all Californians by increasing the state’s already high cost of living.

While the proponents of the measure claim it will only raise property taxes for commercial and industrial properties, the reality is that the measure is an attack on farms, the fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy products we produce and will ultimately translate to more expensive grocery bills for California families…(more)

Bad ideas that hopefully will go away while the state figures out what it will do after the COVID-19 crisis is over.

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