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California Proposition 33, Property Tax Deferrals for Disabled Persons (1984)

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California Proposition 33 was on the November 6, 1984 statewide general election ballot in California as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

Proposition 33 authorized the California State Legislature to allow disabled people to defer property tax payments.

Election results

Proposition 33
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 7,135,666 82.2%
No1,542,81817.8%

Constitutional changes

California Constitution
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Proposition 33 amended Section 8.5 of Article XIII of the California Constitution as follows, with new text in italics and deleted text stricken out.

SEC. 8.5. The Legislature may provide by law for the manner in which a person of low or moderate income who is 62 years of age or older may postpone ad valorem property taxes on the dwelling owned and occupied by him or her as his or her principal place of residence. The Legislature may also provide by law for the manner in which a disabled person may postpone payment of ad valorem property taxes on the dwelling owned and occupied by him or her as his or her principal place of residence. The Legislature shall have plenary power to define all terms in this section.
The Legislature shall provide by law for subventions to countries, cities and counties, cities and districts in an amount equal to the amount of revenues lost by each by reason of the postponement of taxes and for the reimbursement to the state of such subventions from the payment of postponed taxes. Provision shall be made for the inclusion in such of reimbursement for the payment of interest on, and any costs to the state incurred in connection with, the subventions.

Ballot summary

Proposition 33's official ballot summary said, "Under the present provisions of the Constitution, the Legislature may provide for a person of low or moderate income who is 62 years of age or older to postpone payment of ad valorem property taxes on a dwelling owned and occupied by the person as a principal place of residence. This measure allows the Legislature to also provide for a disabled person to postpone payment of ad valorem property taxes on a dwelling owned and occupied by the person as a principal place of residence. Summary of Legislative Analyst's estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact: By itself, this measure would have no direct effect on state expenditures or revenues as it only authorizes the Legislature to extend eligibility for the property tax postponement program. If the Legislature enacts implementing legislation, there would be an increase in state expenditures to compensate local agencies for the amount of the property taxes deferred, estimated to be less than $2 million annually. The state would recover these costs, with interest, when the homes are sold."

Fiscal impact

The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:

"By itself, this measure would have no direct effect on state expenditures or revenues. It authorizes the Legislature to extend eligibility for the property tax postponement program.
If, however, this measure is approved by electorate and AB 3737 is enacted, there would be an increase in state expenditures to compensate local agencies for the amount of property taxes deferred by blind and disabled homeowners. The size of the increase would depend on the number of individuals who choose to participate in the program. We estimate that it probably would be less than $2 million annually. The state would recover these costs, with interest, when the homes on which property tax payments were deferred are sold.
The State Controller's office and county governments would incur minor annual costs to administer the program."

Path to the ballot

The California State Legislature voted to put Proposition 33 on the ballot via Assembly Constitutional Amendment 66 (Statutes of 1984, Resolution Chapter 65).

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