A taxation system1 similar in practice to California's was ruled unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in Allegheny Pittsburgh Coal Co. v. County Commission of Webster County, West Virginia. As a result of this decision, the future of Proposition 13, which has kept property taxes affordable for millions of Californians, is uncertain. This Comment will first. discuss Proposition 13 and the cases which have interpreted it. The Allegheny Court's decision will then be closely analyzed in an attempt to predict the outcome of a constitutional challenge to Proposition 13. Lastly, changes to Proposition 13 will be recommended that could equalize taxes for all property owners without destroying the tax protection sought by the voters when they enacted the initiative.
Allegheny Pittsburgh Coal v. Webster County: Are Proposition 13's Days Numbered?, 20 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.