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Prop. 13 bashers: Careful what you wish for

To the editor: It amazes me when people complain that Proposition 13 has created a "deficit hole" in California, as Steve Brodner did. These people forget that high property taxes would create a mass exodus of California homeowners. ("Jerry Brown: The excellent adventure of California's governor," Opinion cartoon, Jan. 2)

Look at parts of the northeast U.S. Our former home in New York, built in 1968, is valued today at $600,000; our home here is valued at $630,000. The property taxes here were $3,000 in 2014, but the taxes on the New York house were about $16,000 in 2013, up more than 13% from 2010.

Homes there are reassessed regardless of whether they are sold.

Property taxes are one reason so many residents of the northeast sell their homes, leave friends and families behind and move south, where they can afford to live as they get older and must survive on fixed incomes.

California has a budget surplus now under Gov. Jerry Brown. However, if California municipalities are in a "deficit hole," they should tell us where all the tax money they do collect is going.

People who want to overturn Proposition 13 should be careful what they wish for.

Diane Ohanian, San Diego

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