Resolution on Real Property Taxation

WHEREAS, in approving the tax measure commonly referred to as “Proposition 13”, voters intended that real property be re-assessed upon change in ownership; and

WHEREAS business corporations and others have exploited loopholes in that measure to avoid the required re-assessment, thereby avoiding an appropriate increase in the tax on that property; and  

WHEREAS corporate tax avoidance has deprived California of adequate revenue for education at all levels, for health and social services, and for other state and local public services; and

WHEREAS inadequacy of services has harmed many members of the public; and

WHEREAS corporate tax avoidance has also shifted the tax burden from businesses to families;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Club of Claremont urges its Assemblyman Chris Holden to co-sponsor and vigorously support corrective legislation such as AB 188, and urges its Senator Carol Liu to do the same when the Senate takes up AB 188 or a similar bill, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Democratic Club of Claremont will communicate this resolution to Assemblyman Holden, Senator Liu and the author of AB 188, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.

Approved at the Democratic Club of Claremont General Membership Meeting, May 27, 2013