Proposition 15, the split-roll tax initiative on the November ballot, will increase costs for irrigation systems, argues the Alliance of California Farmers and Ranchers.

The coalition of trade groups is calling Prop. 15 a “tax grab that threatens all of us with higher costs.” By taxing improvements like irrigation systems, the measure would add more expenses for farmers, leading to less business for equipment manufacturers and retailers, they argue.

Ag groups have heavily opposed the proposal for how it would reassess fixtures like barns, fences and vineyards at fair market value, in a partial repeal of the 1978 Prop. 13 ballot measure.