Initiative backers betting 2018 will be the year to take on California’s Proposition 13

Robert Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable, a nonpartisan organization whose members are senior executives at the state’s major companies, promises a ‘fight to the death’ over this or any initiative that raises property taxes on the business community. ■ John Fensterwald / EDSOURCE / Contributed Forty years after Californians revolted against rising property taxes to pass Proposition 13, advocates of tax reform believe the timing is finally right to do surgery on it. They’ve filed a draft initiative with the state ­— the step before starting to collect signatures for the November ballot — proposing a “split roll” system that would increase taxes on commercial and industrial properties to

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