24+ Pros and Cons of Proposition 13 (Explained)

Education is the foundation of any society. Therefore, it comes without saying that the places where the education is imparted should be the most secure places. Those places should also have enough facilities so as to continue the process of education in a smooth way. If that does not happen, then the process of imparting education to the future stalwarts of the country is not a full proof process.

California Proposition 13 takes care of the schools, their renovation and upgradation and the cost involved. It offers to provide the funding related to educational infrastructure, K-12 public schools etc.


Upgraded schoolsMakes a huge dent in state fund
Makes higher education betterBurdens taxpayers
Repair of aging classroomsUnfair tax laws
Health upgradeBorrowing is expensive
Safer schools and universitiesHigh labour cost
Better facilitiesExtra debt puts state at risk
Benefits colored lower income groups
Poorer districts can apply for money


  • Upgraded schools

The schools should be the most focused part of any development in a country. Schools are the places where the future of the nation gets built. Schools should be such that no child faces any hindrance in pursuing their interest just because of the lack of infrastructure or the agency required. California Proposition 13 aims to shun these hindrances that exists in the educational system and thus make education a free ground where children learn and pursue their interest.

  • Makes higher education better

If a person is academically inclined and wants to pursue higher education by getting into universities and colleges, then these universities and colleges should be able to give these scholars a chance to explore their full potential. If infrastructure stands in the way of education, then it beats the purpose of education all at once. California Proposition 13 takes care of the fund required for meeting the infrastructural shortcomings so that students can focus on the learning process.

  • Repair of aging classrooms

Aging classrooms are a safety hazard for the students, teachers as well others working in the place. The repair of these classrooms using the fund of California Proposition 13 is necessary as most of the public schools were built a long time back and are in a dilapidated condition with the prevailing problem of asbestos in classrooms. 

  • Health upgrade

Kids spend a major part of their waking hours in the school learning about things that matter. Therefore, the chances are that an average student will fall sick in school at some point or the other. If the school fails to take care of the student in such a condition then it is a major fault on the part of the school. Thus, it is necessary to have good quality health care system in school by receiving the funding from California Proposition 13.

  • Safer schools and universities

For students to focus intently on their learning process, it is important for the educational institutions to make them feel safe in the environment and be prepared for any kind of emergency that might occur. With California Proposition 13, all the concerns regarding fire emergency or any other emergency can be taken care of.

  • Better facilities

Not just safety and health, schools are supposed to provide all the facilities that are to affect a child or form them as a person. If all these are taken care of using the California Proposition 13 fund then both the students and their parents can be relieved and focus on the education of the child.

  • Benefits colored lower income groups

The lack of funding in schools and educational institutions affect everyone. But the ones most affected by this lack of funding are the kids of color who belong to the lower income groups. The problem faced by these groups is diminished if the funding is increased.

Does California Proposition Benefit Colored Lower Income Groups Or Poorer Districts
  • Poor districts can apply for money

California Proposition 13 grants extra funding to the poorer districts so that they can upgrade their educational institutions, renovate them and make them better places for students to learn.


  • Makes a huge dent in state fund

The extra funding and renovation might sound good but the extra funding will put a huge dent on the state fund, something that will be hard to recover. It puts a huge burden on the state to pay this amount of money.

  • Burdens taxpayers

The extra amount that is to be paid for the funding is actually burdened on the citizens of the country, that is the taxpayers. If this came into effect, the taxpayers would have needed to pay $740 million per year for over 35 years, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

  • Unfair tax laws

The extra tax will not affect everyone because the developers of multifamily housing projects near transit are exempted from the burden of extra tax whereas the other residents will have to pay the extra amount with their property tax.

  • Borrowing is expensive

According to California Proposition 13, the state is supposed to borrow money to fund the renovation of educational institutions. If this is done, the total cost of renovation amounts to $27 billion which is a lot more than the expense that would have been if the amount was used directly from the fund.

  • High labor cost

According to the California Proposition 13, the state is supposed to prioritize funding in the districts that sign a project labour agreement. According to this agreement there is a limitation on competitive bidding which increases the expense by making the districts pay the highest labor cost in the specific region. This increases the overall cost of the project.

  • Extra debt puts state at risk

People should always plan ahead of time for bad times. In case of a recession or economic downfall, the priority to pay the debt and interests take a front seat instead of other basic government services.

However, the California Proposition 13 was rejected with 47% votes in favour of the proposition and 53% against it.

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