I agree with the Deseret News editorial "Don't bring Prop. 13 here" (June 20). While in the University of Southern California's Master of Real Estate Development program, I learned about the problems caused by this ballot-enacted law. In addition to the problems mentioned by the editor, Proposition 13 has created a fiscal nightmare for municipalities. It has severely limited the amount cities and counties can collect in property tax, making residential zoning an economic minus for cities. The cost of providing services and utilities to new developments far exceeds potential revenue.Although the typical homeowner may not understand the implications of this misguided law, Proposition 13 has contributed to the affordability crisis seen in many parts of California. The current tax system in Utah is more efficient and less convoluted than the situation in California created by Proposition 13.
Kristi Sue Wilcken