Senators on Thursday passed a ballot measure proposal that would allow some property tax rate transfers for family farms and new residences, while limiting parent-to-child transfers.
The measure had broad support, including from the California Farm Bureau and the California Cattlemen’s Association.
“I rise in support of this as a farmer, number one, who would not have the farm if it wasn't for Prop. 13,” said Republican Sen. Brian Dahle of Lassen County, citing the 1978 tax measure that the proposal would update. “It's very near and dear to my heart that we protect those abilities to be able to pass that land on.”
Dahle stood at odds with Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen of the Sacramento Valley, who strongly opposed the measure. Both come from agricultural backgrounds. Sen. Ag Chair Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton (above), a Democrat, introduced the measure in the Senate as a co-author.
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A coalition of realtors pulled a similar ballot proposal hours before a critical deadline to consolidate the measures.
“Simply put, ACA 11 is an improved piece of public policy,” said Senate President Pro Tem Toni G. Atkins, D-San Diego, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, in a joint statement in response to the action.