THE SHAMEFUL HISTORY OF PARCEL TAXES

But the biggest perversion of Prop 13 had to do with parcel taxes. Courts held that, notwithstanding the existing law requiring that property taxes be imposed only as a percentage of value, and notwithstanding Section 4’s clear prohibition against other forms of property taxation, that the term “special tax” could include a brand new form of property levies called “parcel taxes” as long as they received a two-thirds vote.
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