Raising property taxes to pay for public pensions

■ By Jon Coupal / Contributed California’s iconic 1978 tax cutting measure, Proposition 13, was motivated by a desire to, first and foremost, limit out of control property taxes. To that end, the measure has been a remarkable success saving California property owners more than half a trillion dollars in its 39 year history. (Notwithstanding that achievement, California still ranks in the top third of all states in per capita property tax collections). Prop. 13 was less effective, however, in its secondary goal of limiting the growth in government spending. In fact, it is not unfair to say it has fallen far short given today’s high overall tax burden and the

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