It is indisputable that California is home to the highest taxes and costs to run a small business and raise a family in the nation. California has the highest state sales-tax rate, the highest income-tax rates, and the second-highest gasoline prices. Plus every small business owner must pay an annual $800 minimum franchise tax just for the privilege of doing business in this state.
As a small business owner and active member of the National Federation of Independent Business, I can tell you what I need to keep my doors open and support my employees is lower costs, not higher taxes. Efforts to reform Proposition 13 are code for raising property taxes on seniors, working families and business owners alike.
Schemes such as split-roll on commercial properties would only raise rents on small business such as my own, which would hurt my employees and customers.
Prop. 13 protects all Californians, including small business owners such as me. It is hard enough to run a small business in this state; let’s not make it even harder. We must protect Prop. 13, not reform it to give even more tax dollars to Sacramento.
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Andy Chhikara, owner, Get N Go Stores, Fresno