California Elimination of Religion-Based Property Tax Exemptions (2014)

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A California Elimination of Religion-Based Property Tax Initiative (#12-0012) was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014 ballot.

Its sponsors, however, did not submit any signatures to election officials by the deadline.

If the initiative had qualified for the ballot and been approved by the state's voters, it would have eliminated the state's existing property tax exemptions that are based on the use of a property for religious worship or other religious purposes.

Text of measure

Ballot title:

Eliminates Property Tax Exemptions for Religious Use. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Official summary:

"Eliminates property tax exemptions based on property’s use for religious worship or other religious purposes, commencing on January 1, 2013."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Annual local government revenue increase of roughly $225 million from property taxes levied on religious property. State General Fund savings in most years of roughly $100 million from increased local property tax revenues for school and community college districts."

Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California

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