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In light of the material that has been produced regarding the effects of Proposition 13 should it be reformed What are some of the major political issues that need to be considered when dealing with this third rail of American politics Most Americans dont put too much trust in the governments hands Lack of trust in government is as old as the nation itself and has its clearly expressed by Bill of Rights added to the U S Constitution Thanks to the Progressives at the beginning of 20th century the initiative has become the voters protection from the potential overuse of power by the state government back then successfully manipulated and controlled by the Southern Pacific Railroad Co Soon initiative had become an essential part of policy making on the top of the assurance of the democratic stability After three decades of the post - World War II economical and social optimism in California with its huge investments in public infrastructure and developing high quality education systems the hard times of economical decline inflation and high-energy prices had begun with the sunset of the golden 60s All of those agents have launched a spectacular inflation in real estate values especially home prices The county supervisors would approve budget and the county assessor would calculate what tax rate was needed to raise that money 1 page 7 For years the property tax was lowered by corrupted old-fashioned assessment system and finally in early 1970s was replaced with a new computer based system that soon had reevaluated the true property value with no merci for those who were trying to avoid higher taxation for years By the late 1970s Californias property tax burden was out of control For many people especially seniors single parents and people living on a fixed income this situation left them not much of the choice besides selling their homes or giving it up to the tax man Thats why Proposition 13 introduced
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