SANTA ROSA (KPIX) — On the ballot this yr is a proposition that claims it will help wildfire victims and change point out assets tax policy.

Prop 19 would allow home owners over the age of 55 to keep their assets tax fee for up to three moves wherever in the condition, it will also let victims of wildfire or natural disaster to transfer their property tax amount for one transfer any place in the condition.

Right now assets entrepreneurs in excess of the age of 55 can transfer their latest property tax fee to a house of equal or lesser value 1 time, but they can only do so in the exact county or in 1 of 10 counties, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Tuolumne and Ventura counties.

Santa Rosa town councilmember Chris Rogers is a survivor of quite a few wildfires and a supporter of Proposition 19.

“I get questioned all the time why folks pick out to rebuild in hearth-impacted regions,” Rogers said.

Several persons in his district opt for to rebuild in at-danger areas since superior residence taxes give them couple of solutions for heading someplace else.

“Insurance demands people to rebuild where by they lost their homes. and then at the time they’ve rebuilt their households, they have practically the golden handcuffs of their reduce property tax values that are there,” Rogers reported.

When Californians get a new home their house taxes typically go way up. Home taxes in this point out are based on the benefit of the household when you acquired it, so if you acquired a prolonged time ago you are spending a portion of what new house owners pay.

“I feel that we have bought a crushing housing difficulty in California, and that you have so a lot of seniors who have been hunting to downsize into smaller areas and they’re locked in due to the fact of their home tax values,” Rogers explained.

At its main, Prop 19 is definitely a tax break swap. It’s a break for any individual in excess of the age of 55 with now low home tax costs. It is a tax enhance for children inheriting their parents’ residences if you do not plan to are living in the dwelling your property tax premiums will go up.

“Well, Prop 19 is a billion-dollar tax increase on California households. It talks about wildfires that’s what is in the commercials, but what’s guiding that is a huge tax enhance on family transfers of assets,” mentioned Susan Shelley with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “This is 1000’s and countless numbers of dollars on a spouse and children that has just lost our dad or mum, basically folks will be opening the sympathy cards, and just one of them will be a new tax monthly bill.”

Current law keeps residence tax premiums reduced for little ones who inherit their parents’ households even if the heirs don’t dwell there. Prop 19 would pressure all those youngsters to transfer into the property or pay back better property taxes.

“This is, it’s just a cruel point to do to California households in particular when it isn’t getting absolutely disclosed in the commercials that that’s what this evaluate would do,” Shelley mentioned.

The Legislative Analyst’s business predicts Prop 19 would bring in tens of thousands and thousands of bucks in state earnings each yr. Some would go to colleges and nearby governments, the rest would go to a wildfire avoidance fund. Supporters job fire districts could receive up to $99 million in the initially calendar year and up to $6 billion about 12 a long time.

“What this does is it makes a tax split that encourages men and women to transfer much more usually or elevate their taxes. So they are forced to market and each these issues produce much more commissions for realtors, but is it excellent coverage for California?” Shelley said.

“I assume supplying some level of adaptability for folks, irrespective of whether it was fireplace victims, no matter whether it’s seniors or regardless of whether it is folks who are disabled can make a ton of sense for California,” Rogers reported.