Proposition 5 – Property Taxes

Fiscal Impact:

According to the Legislative Analyst Office (LAO), schools and other local governments each probably would lose over $100 million in annual property taxes early on, growing to about $1 billion per year.  There would be a similar increase in state costs to backfill school property tax losses.

CCC Position:

No position.

Reflections on Church Teaching:

“It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom.  The love and service of one’s country follow from the duty of gratitude and belong to the order of charity. Submission to legitimate authorities and service of the common good require citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community.  Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country.”  Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 2239-2240.

“There were many ‘discarded’ by society. Today we have invented other ways to care for, to feed, to teach the poor, and some of the seeds of the Bible have blossomed into more effective institutions than those of the past. The rationale for taxes also lies in this solidarity, which is negated by tax avoidance and evasion which, over and above being illegal acts, are acts which deny the basic law of life: mutual care.” – Pope Francis, Address to Participants in the Meeting of the Economy of Communion, 2017

“In a system of taxation based on justice and equity it is fundamental that the burdens be proportioned to the capacity of the people contributing.”  Saint Pope John XXIII, Mater et Magistra , Encyclical of Pope John XXIII on Christianity and Social Progress, May 15, 1961 (132). 

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