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SPLIT ROLL TAX - DONATE TODAY!

Tuesday, June 02, 2020 3:40 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

Dear California Self Storage Owner/Operator,

Since 1978 Proposition 13 has protected California property owners from dramatic property tax burdens by limiting the extent of reassessments ever since. These benefits have encouraged investments, stability and employment within the self storage industry, as well as all commercial, industrial, agricultural, residential and other real estate sectors in our state. For the first time in more than four decades, these incentives, to business owners specifically, are vulnerable to a ballot measure which will amount to a massive tax increase to you unless we are successful in defeating it.

The California Self Storage Association (CSSA) along with the national Self Storage Association encourages all California owners to support efforts to maintain Proposition 13, which will be voted upon in November through a measure confusing named “ CA Schools & Local Communities Funding Act” (better known as “Split Roll”). As long-time and involved members of the SSA and CSSA, we have been asked by the leaders of these two organizations to research and recommend the best options for self storage owners to collectively defend our industry ahead of this historic vote.

We have determined that our efforts are best directed towards Sacramento-based Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes, a coalition that also includes: California Chamber of Commerce, California Business Roundtable, California Business Properties Association, California Taxpayers Association and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, among others.

This is not the time to take a passive approach. The cost to your businesses will be devastating; not only does Proposition 13 cap increases on annual assessments to 2 percent, after the market value assessment at its last change of ownership, it also limits the amount of local property taxes to 1 percent of the initial market value, among other protections. Upon enactment, the Split Roll will result in tax increases on your properties many times the amount of your current assessments. Although the most long-tenured businesses stand to lose the most, even the most recent entrants will be affected immediately and at the mercy of tax assessors forever more.

We believe a contribution of several thousand dollars, per facility, is a fraction of the annual cost to your businesses. Although Spilt Roll will be conveyed as “tax reform” meant to support education and other services, the truth is the tax increase is meant to fund union pensions and other questionable government spending resulting from decades of poor policy decisions by state and local governments. Please find attached more information about the Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes and a remittal form to help you join this important fight.

Sincerely,

Brian Caster
CEO, A-1 Self Storage San Diego, CA
C- Chair, SSA/CSSA Property Protection Task Force

Ken Nitzberg
CEO, Devon Self Storage Emeryville, CA
C- Chair, SSA/CSSA Property Protection Task Force

CSSA & SSA encourage contributions to “Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes” which will lead public advocacy, polling, and other initiatives in support of our industry.

CSSA and SSA are a part of this coalition which includes CA Chamber of Commerce, California Business Roundtable, California Business Properties Association, California Taxpayers Association and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, among others.

Checks can be made out to:
Californians to Stop Higher Taxes
ID: 1403027
455 Capitol Mall, Suite 6
Sacramento, CA 95814

Or CLICK HERE for donation remittal form

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