The biggest threat on this front is SB 1021 (Wolk; D-Davis) Split Roll Parcel Tax.  This bill will authorize a split roll parcel tax practice that was found illegal last year in what is referred to as the “Borikas” case. Effectively the bill will allow local school districts to discriminates against commercial property owners by allowing a higher parcel tax than what is imposed on residential property. 

 SB 1021 passed the Senate this week on a 21 to 15 vote.  All republicans opposed the measure and we thank and applaud them for that.

 However, only two Democrats stood with us to defend against this bad bill and voted to OPPOSE the measure: Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) and Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton).  One other, Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside) abstained from the vote, which effectively supported our position.  In the face of heavy pressure by core constituencies, these courageous Senators should be thanked an applauded for pushing back against this unprecedented erosion of tax protections.

 Every other Democratic Senator (except the three that are currently removed from their seats for alleged misconduct) supported this measure.

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