In response to "Prop 13 Burdens Our Children" (March 13, Letters): The 1977 owner's tax will be more like $900 after 30 years. Also, if he has lived there 34 years, he is likely 62 or older and can plan for retirement knowing exactly how much his tax bill will be in the years ahead.
While his neighbor begins paying at the new assessed value of $300,000, his $3,000 tax bill cannot go up more than 2 percent per year, so he is protected. The cap of 1 percent imposed by Prop 13 on new purchases makes everyone's tax reasonable at the time of purchase. Also, his tax bill may have been lowered because of declining assessed value.
What if we didn't have Prop 13? The guy who bought his house in 1977 wouldn't still be living there. He would have been forced to move because of high taxes.
My husband and I remember how fast property taxes were going up prior to 1978, similar to health insurance premiums today, there were no controls. That resulted in the taxpayers' revolt when the Legislature refused to do anything about these out-of-control increases.
NANCY A. SMITH