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If the Legislature had taken more time to consider this measure and hold substantive hearings, people and the lawmakers themselves might have realized that it would have a devastating effect on families that suffer the loss of a parent and then face reassessment of family properties to full market value, losing “the Prop. 13” protection that had kept the tax bills affordable.
ACA 11, now Proposition 19, had two main elements. The first was expanded “portability” of base-year property taxes. Homeowners who are 55 years of age or older, who are victims of a wildfire, or who are disabled may now move to a replacement home anywhere in the state, of any value, and take the base-year property tax assessment of the old home with them to a new home up to three times.
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