It’s time to re­peal Prop. 13

Los Angeles Times - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re “LAUSD to cut jobs, boost pay,” June 24

When I see the joy­ous faces of the chil­dren and read in a sep­a­rate ar­ti­cle that the Mu­sic Cen­ter in down­town Los An­ge­les will cut back its won­der­ful arts ed­u­ca­tion, and when I read in this ar­ti­cle that there will be teacher lay­offs as well as cuts in li­brary and other staff po­si­tions, I can’t help but think of Propo­si­tion 13, which has taken money from our trea­sury.

Isn’t it time that homes now worth much, much more than they were in 1979 be taxed at their real worth and that those for­tu­nate home­own­ers be­gin to pay their fair share to­ward the city of L.A. and the Los An­ge­les Uni­fied School Dis­trict?

As some­one who owns a small con­do­minium and now pays $6,000 a year in prop­erty tax, I grow more and more dis­gusted with this in­equity. It’s time to re­peal Propo­si­tion 13 and for all of us to fi­nance city ser­vices and schools fairly and squarely. Lynne Shapiro Ma­rina del Rey

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