Statewide Ballot Measures

Repeal the Death Tax Act

June 2022

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association announced today that its Repeal the Death Tax initiative did not secure the needed signatures in time to qualify for the November ballot but lauded the efforts of more than 13,000 volunteers who collected over 402,000 signatures to reverse the tax hike that was a little-known provision of 2020’s Proposition 19. The measure needed 997,139 valid signatures of registered voters by May 3 to qualify for the 2022 ballot. The campaign collected more than 25% of the needed signatures, a threshold that triggers a required informational hearing in the Legislature.

May 2022

The Sonoma County Farm Bureau continues to support the Repeal the Death Tax campaign, to restore Proposition 58, as it works to collect 1.3 million signatures by April 26, 2022, to qualify for the November 2022 ballot. The Sonoma County Farm Bureau sent in over 120 signed petitions to the Howard Jarvis Tax Payers Association for signature counting.

April 2022

The Sonoma County Farm Bureau continues to support the Repeal the Death Tax campaign, to restore Proposition 58, as it works to collect 1.3 million signatures by April 26, 2022, to qualify for the November 2022 ballot. Those interested in signing the Repeal the Death Tax petition or gathering signatures on their own may visit the Sonoma County Farm Bureau during office hours to sign their name or pick up petitions.

March 2022

The Sonoma County Farm Bureau continues to support the Repeal the Death Tax campaign as it works to collect 1.3 million signatures by April 26, 2022, in an effort to qualify for the November 2022 ballot. Those interested in signing the Repeal the Death Tax petition may visit the Sonoma County Farm Bureau during office hours to sign their name or pick up petitions.

This proposed initiative will restore Proposition 58– the ability of parents or grandparents to transfer a home of any value plus certain other property to their children or grandchildren without reassessment. The exclusion from reassessment for “other property” had previously been capped at $1 million of assessed value; the Repeal the Death Tax Act adjusts that figure (set in 1986) for inflation and now excludes up to $2.4 million of assessed value of property other than the principal residence. A home of any value would once again be excluded from reassessment when transferred, even if the children do not live there.

February 2022

The Sonoma County Farm Bureau continues to support the Repeal the Death Tax campaign as it works to collect 1.3 million signatures by April 26, 2022, in an effort to qualify for the November 2022 ballot. Those interested in signing the Repeal the Death Tax petition may visit the Sonoma County Farm Bureau during office hours to sign their name.

This proposed initiative will restore Proposition 58– the ability of parents or grandparents to transfer a home of any value plus certain other property to their children or grandchildren without reassessment. The exclusion from reassessment for “other property” had previously been capped at $1 million of assessed value; the Repeal the Death Tax Act adjusts that figure (set in 1986) for inflation and now excludes up to $2.4 million of assessed value of property other than the principal residence. A home of any value would once again be excluded from reassessment when transferred, even if the children do not live there.