There has to come a point when abject wilful ignorance crosses some line over into just pure evil.
That’s how I feel about California transplant Lynn Weaver, who is again chairing a committee for an initiative dubbed “Prop. 13 Arizona.” Proposed amendment would freeze property valuations. Her hero is that damned old fool Howard Jarvis, may he rot in hell.
Probably because Arizonans are not as wilfully ignorant as Lynn Weaver.
The Arizona Republic reports, Ballot effort would implode Arizona tax formulas:
Calling itself Prop 13 Arizona, the group is pushing for a tax system similar to the one California voters passed via Proposition 13 in 1978. It needs to collect 225,963 signatures from valid Arizona voters by July 7 to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. It failed to get the needed signatures in two prior attempts.
Prop 13 Arizona would cap the property-tax rate at 1 percent for residential property and 1.5 percent for commercial property, and limit property-tax increases to no more than 2 percent per year.
“Starting Jan. 1, 2017, we will switch to a free-market system of valuation,” said Lynne Weaver, chairwoman of the group. “Whatever you decide to pay for your house, that’s your valuation and it cannot go up more than 2 percent a year.”
It also phases out the personal-property tax over three years. It implodes the current K-12 public-school-funding formula by eliminating primary and secondary property-tax designations.
Arizona is already dead last in funding of public education, and our lawless Tea-Publican legislature is a deadbeat debtor that refuses to pay the judgment it owes to the state’s school districts — some $1.3 billion in back payments and an estimated $330 million per year going forward in future years — and this ignorant, evil woman wants California’s devastating Prop. 13 in Arizona to make things immeasurably worse.
WTF is wrong with you, lady?!
Arizona has a structural revenue because of past anti-tax zealot measures passed by citizen initiatives years ago.
A 1980 voter-approved constitutional provision already caps property taxes for homeowners at 1 percent of the home’s “full cash value.’’ Article 9, Section 18, Ariz. Const. As Republican Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll explained in an op-ed, State legislators should understand what they’re voting for:
[T]he state’s voters in 1980 tore a page out of the California property tax revolt of the 1970s and capped combined primary property taxes for residential homeowners at 1 percent.
But what [Rep. Leach] gets wrong is why the state has been picking up the bill when combined primary property taxes exceed 1 percent. The 1 percent cap had an unintended consequence — it harmed public school districts by shorting their funding.
That was not what the voters, or the Legislature, which had referred the measure to voters, intended. The very next year the Legislature solved the problem by making school districts whole by paying for the amounts over 1 percent. Every Legislature since 1981 has agreed to pay for the mistake.
Until this Legislature.
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Nevertheless, regardless of what happens with Pima County’s lawsuit, the error of 1980 will remain. Therefore, I hope Rep. Leach will lead the way next session in referring to voters a constitutional amendment that solves this problem so the Legislature won’t have to resort to similar buck-passing gimmicks in the future.
And then there is Arizona’s “Mini-Prop. 13,” or what I refer to as the GOP’s weapon of mass destruction, Prop. 108 (1992), the “two-thirds for taxes” amendment. This provision requires a two-thirds super-majority vote in both chambers of the legislature to raise taxes, or to eliminate or reduce tax credits or exemptions. This has been the single most destructive act ever enacted into law in Arizona. It is the source of our structural revenue deficit today.
Why would Ms. Weaver want to introduce this dysfunction created by California’s Prop. 13 in Arizona? Ideology — she is an anti-tax zealot.
Arizona desperately needs to get away from its over-reliance on the regressive sales tax for tax revenue and return to a balanced approach of income, property, sales and excise taxes/fees for service to alleviate its structural revenue deficit. Arizona’s tax code needs a complete overhaul, but this is not possible as long as Prop. 108, the “two-thirds for taxes” amendment remains law. Ms. Weaver’s “Prop. 13 Arizona” gimmick would only make our situation in Arizona immeasurably worse.
What we really need in this state is a ballot proposition to repeal Prop. 108 (1992), the “two-thirds for taxes” amendment, aka Arizona’s “Mini-Prop. 13,” and repealing the property tax limitations suggested by Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll.