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Press Release, ACA 11 CA Legislature Approval

ACA 11’s “Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire Act” Approved for the Ballot by the State Assembly and State Senate is a Win-Win for California

Co-Sponsored by the California Association of REALTORS® and the California Professional Firefighters

ACA 11 Provides Housing Relief for Vulnerable Californians, Funding for Fire Protection and Emergency Response, and will Generate Billions in Revenue for Local Governments Across the State

SACRAMENTO (June 26, 2020) – Today, the Homeownership for Families and Tax Savings for Seniors Committee announced that the California State Assembly in a strong bipartisan vote passed Assembly Constitutional Amendment 11 (ACA 11) which will provide housing relief and tax savings for seniors, people with severe disabilities, families, and victims of wildfires and natural disaster, while closing tax loopholes that will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue for fire protection and local governments. This replacement measure is the legislative alternative for the November ballot in lieu of the qualified “The Family Home Protection and Fairness in Property Tax Act” initiative that was withdrawn by the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. ACA 11 is a strong legislative compromise resulting in an improved measure to benefit all Californians.

“ACA 11 will improve tax fairness for all Californians and the fight against catastrophic wildfires. This measure will secure critical and more reliable funds for fire districts and close a loophole exploited by the very wealthy, all while staying true to Proposition 13 and Proposition 98. I commend the California State Senate and the California State Assembly for passing this important legislation that will be placed before voters in November.”

Brian Rice, President, California Professional Firefighters

“We are proud to co-sponsor ACA 11 with the California Professional Firefighters which will provide much needed housing relief for our state’s most vulnerable populations while also creating a stable revenue source for both Fire Districts and local governments to use to improve resident services. It is a vital compromise, and thanks to the California State Assembly and State Senate, voters will have the opportunity to pass this ballot measure in November and deliver a win-win for California.”

Jeanne Radsick, President, CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

“We must support any and all measures that will help our vulnerable populations. This is why I am supporting this measure as it will provide relief to seniors and people with severe disabilities who may be trapped in their homes because they can’t afford to move closer to their families and health care.”

Los Angeles City Councilmember Monica Rodriguez

“ACA 11 will limit tax increases for seniors, people with disabilities, and families in the Central Valley, and provide much needed housing relief for our aging population by protecting and strengthening their Prop 13 property tax savings. It will also help our farming communities who desperately need it.”

Stanislaus County Supervisor Kristin Olsen


"This initiative completely protects Proposition 13. In fact, this safeguards Prop 13 savings for seniors, people with disabilities, families, and wildfire victims.”

David Wolfe, former policy director for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

"After the Camp Fire devastated my home, I was fortunate to discover that I would be able to transfer my property tax rate on my old home to a new lot. It was a welcome relief to know that my property taxes were preserved when so much else was not. That is why I am supporting this provision because it would provide this opportunity for all wildfire survivors and victims of natural disaster.”

Ellie Rosebush, Camp Fire Survivor

"ACA 11 will provide much needed housing relief to seniors making it easier and more affordable to move to another home that better fits their housing needs, whether that means moving closer to family, medical care, or to a retirement community.”

Deborah Howard, President and Board Chair, California Senior Advocates League


Specifically, ACA 11 will:

Provide Housing Relief for Seniors, People with Disabilities, Families, and Wildfire Victims

  • Provide housing relief by allowing seniors, people with severe disabilities and victims of wildfires to transfer their home’s property tax base to a replacement home anywhere in California.

  • Constitutionally protect the right for parents and grandparents to pass the family home to their children and grandchildren so they can afford to live in the home as intended by Prop 58.

  • Open up housing inventory throughout California for renters and first-time homeowners.

Support Life-Saving Fire & Emergency Response

  • Secure needed revenue for fire protection, fire districts, and CalFire in support of California’s wildfire response.

  • Provide dedicated funding for fire response across the state – including historically underfunded fire districts in rural and urban communities – protecting millions of homes and lives.

Generate Hundreds of Millions of Annual Funding for Fire Protection and Local Government

  • Generate new revenues for fire protection and local government, emergency services, and vital programs including healthcare access, affordable housing projects, homeless and mental health services.

  • Help balance budgets and provide a boost to our state’s economic recovery from the COVID- 19 pandemic, with revenue projections growing to over $2 billion annually.

Support California’s Family Farms

  • Provide added tax relief for California’s family owned farms and ranches. The additional tax savings for a farmer or rancher will help protect generational farming and continue to support operations that feed much of our nation and world.

Protect Homes as Intended for Californians, Closing Unfair Loopholes Used by Non-Californians

  • Close loopholes and tax breaks used on vacation houses, second homes, and beachfront rentals by wealthy non-California residents and trust fund heirs – meant for California homeowners.

  • Ensure tax savings work to protect vulnerable Californians and California homeowners as intended under Propositions 58 and 193 – not tax loopholes for out-of-state residents and trust fund heirs to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.

Media Contact: Becky Warren 916-607-0129 or becky@elevatepublicaffairs.com.

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Paid for by Yes on 19: Seniors, Taxpayer Advocates, and Realtors. Committee major funding

from California Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors.