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State Ballot Measures

See the latest positions on statewide ballot measures from California State PTA.


California State PTA Opposes Proposition 5 – Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer Their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property.  Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statue

Proposition 5 would amend Proposition 13 and allow homeowners who are 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer the tax-assessed value from their prior home to their new home no matter the new homes’ market value, the new home’s location within the state, and does not limit the number of times a homeowner can move.

The negative impact on the finances of schools and communities could be enormous.  Although schools would still receive Prop 98 funding, the state budget would be negatively impacted.  CAPTA has ample authority to take an opposed position on this proposition based on the authorities cited in the attached study.

Per the Legislative Analysis Office, schools and other local governments would each probably lose about $100 million in annual property tax revenue in the first few years, growing over time to about $1 billion per year.  Property taxes are a major revenue source for local governments, raising over $60 billion per year.

Current law requires the state to provide more funding to most schools to cover their property tax losses.  As a result, state costs for schools would increase by over $100 billion per year in the first few years. Over time, these increased state costs for schools would grow to about $1 billion per year (in today’s dollars) – which is less than 1 percent of the state budget.    


California State PTA supports California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act and encourages PTA members to get involved in the campaign.

This initiative will change how commercial and industrial property is taxed and raise between $6 billion and 10 billion to support our schools (40 percent) and other local governments (60 percent).

“Our schools have been desperately underfunded for years, and we need this measure to ensure our children have the resources they need in order to learn.

“PTA believes it is necessary to close corporate loopholes that are starving our schools of much needed funding, so that our schools have resources to give our young people a world-class education. We urge parents and families across the state to support this act to give classrooms – and our children – the funding they need.” – California State PTA President Dianna MacDonald


The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act would tax certain commercial and industrial real property based on fair-market value— rather than, under current law, the purchase price with limited inflation.

  • It exempts agricultural property and certain small businesses.
  • It dedicates portion of any increased revenue to local services and to supplement, not replace, state’s minimum-funding guarantee to schools.
  • It provides tax exemption for $500,000 worth of tangible personal property used for business and all personal property used for certain small businesses.


Signature Gathering

The Schools and Communities First Campaign is organizing signature gathering to qualify this for the ballot. Here’s how you can get involved:

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Campaign Restrictions:  Use of school resources

There are strict restrictions against using school district resources for political activity.   This includes, for example, advocating for a ballot measure on school property and communicating advocacy information using school resources such as school email, web site, etc.

You may gather signatures OFF school property and hold PTA meetings OFF school property for advocacy.  You may use your PTA web site and PTA email to distribute information to your members.  Please contact your school district for rules and permit requirements for any political activity on school property.