Re "Dem losses bar changes to Prop. 13" (Dan Walters, May 12): Dan Walters may be correct that changes to Proposition 13 are unlikely now that Democrats have lost their supermajority. However, Senate Bill 1021 does not represent such a change.
SB 1021 simply restores the ability of school districts to structure taxes according to local values and priorities. The bill doesn't grant any additional powers to districts they didn't previously have before a recent court decision. It restores and clarifies longstanding state law, originally approved by a bipartisan vote of the Legislature and signed by Gov. Pete Wilson. Nothing in SB 1021 alters or conflicts with Proposition 13 or its intents.
We should continue to seek ways to make Prop. 13 more workable and fair, but SB 1021 is not in this category. It restores sensible tax policy for schools that other local agencies continue to have.
-- Michael Coleman, fiscal policy adviser, California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, Davis