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Prop. 13: Arguments on Fairness Continue

January 05, 1986

In rebuttal to Dick Turpin's column, I find it hard to believe that he believes what he is saying. Proposition 13 allows home buyers to know what their taxes will be when they buy a home (1% of selling price), and that their taxes will not go up more than 2% a year.

Does Turpin really believe that property taxes will go down for first-time buyers if we raise taxes on pre-1978 homeowners? Governments will always spend more than they get.

And what happens when the first-time buyers today are settled into 10 years of 2% increases--are they really willing to give up that security for the possibility of lower taxes today?

I consider Proposition 13 immensely fairer than anything prior, and I'm looking to buy a new home!

RICHARD JECMEN

Walnut

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