Last Sunday’s Conversation about the stark differences in the health of people from Placer and Yuba counties asked the question: How is your health affected by where you live?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Prop. 13 contributes to health gap
Re “Stark differences widen health gap” (Forum, May 11): Daniel Weintraub’s article on health outcomes fails to adequately address the causes of the disparity. He could have mentioned that Proposition 13 instituted a cap on property tax revenues. In areas where population growth is low, such as Yuba County, county governments struggle to fund quality services. Proposition 13 has also adversely affected school funding.
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Proposition 13 resulted in a property tax revenue decrease, so local governments used sales and income tax revenues to supplement their coffers. These revenues are substantially greater in areas with more higher-wage earners, such as Placer County. Weintraub’s article could have delved deeper into the factors of wealth creation and distribution in relationship to Proposition 13.
– Jeffrey Bullock, Sacramento
José Landero – Placer County has a lot of parks, recreational/sport and green areas, excellent biking roads, good trails for hiking, plenty of sport clubs, health care facilities and a wide variety of good restaurants and grocery stores. In fact, the city of Auburn is considered the endurance capital of the world.
Richard Lavallee – Gaps, disparities and differences are all very interesting, but what is extremely disturbing is the attitude that government can or should spend any taxpayer money trying to “correct” these co-called “problems.” The only equality in life is death, and we all reach the same place eventually. Government needs to stop trying to level the playing field and stick to its only legitimate function, which is to keep us free from government.