Prop 13 affected health and education

Published: Sunday, May. 18, 2014 - 9:05 pm

Re "Stark differences widen health gap" (Forum, May 11): Daniel Weintraub's article on health outcomes fails to adequately address causes of disparity. He could have mentioned that Proposition 13 instituted a cap on the property tax revenues. Where population growth is low like in Yuba County, comparable county governments struggle to fund quality services. Proposition 13 also adversely affected school funding. In 1969, before Proposition 13, California ranked second in per capita local tax revenue, a source of education funding. I believe Proposition 13 thwarts local government by forcing them to compete for state funding. Proposition 13 resulted in property tax revenue decrease, so local governments used sales and income tax revenues to supplement, which are substantially higher in areas with more high earners, such as Placer County.

Weintraub's article could have delved deeper into the factors of wealth creation and distribution rather than recite statistics.

-- Jeffrey Bullock, Sacramento

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