Prop 90 Clears Crucial Vote as San Bernardino County Supervisors Vote Unanimously in Favor


Press Release


SAN BERNARDINO, Oct. 7, 2014 — Prop 90, a voter initiative created to allow seniors to transfer their tax base and avoid a punishing tax increase when they move, is on the brink of becoming law in San Bernardino County.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the measure in a public hearing on Tuesday. The proposal will return for one final review and final adoption on October 21st. If approved in its current form, Prop 90 tax relief will be retroactive to all qualifying sales since Jan. 1, 2014

Tuesday’s public hearing brought a chorus of praise for the idea. Eight speakers, including San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector Larry Walker spoke in support of the measure. Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Marc Steinorth was in attendance to express his support as well. Steniorth previously wrote an editorial backing Prop 90 and has consistently supported the idea.

Former IVAR President Doug Shepherd discussed the positive impact Prop 90 would bring to attract seniors to the region. IVAR Government Affairs Director Paul Herrera noted the importance of the tax relief measure to senior households who face an average property tax increase of $2,500 per year, every year when moving to a non-Prop 90 county.

The ordinance was brought forward by County Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford and 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood. Vice Chair Gary Ovitt and Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales voted in favor and noted their support for bringing Prop 90 to San Bernardino County. Third District Supervisor James Ramos was unable to attend the meeting, but supported a motion to advance Prop 90 at a meeting in May that set the stage for Tuesday’s vote.

In 1988, more than a quarter million county residents overwhelmingly voted to approve Prop 90 in San Bernardino County. Yet they and thousands of senior citizens who would have benefitted from its implementation have never seen the measure adopted in San Bernardino County. That streak appears to be near an end.

A dozen counties adopted Prop 90 shortly after voters approved it in 1988. However, none had done so – and a couple repealed it – in the past two decades until Riverside County voted in favor in late 2013. San Bernardino County’s final approval would mark the second successful Prop 90 effort from IVAR in slightly more than a year.

And please extend a note of thanks to San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford and her colleagues for her support of Prop 90, detailed here (page 8) in a piece she wrote for Inland REALTOR magazine a few months ago

For more information, Contact Paul Herrera, Government Affairs Director, at 951.500.1222 or

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