Schools and Communities First (Proposition 15) Research Fund

The Schools and Communities First initiative on the November 2020 ballot is one of the most significant ballot propositions facing California voters. By splitting the assessment rates for commercial and residential properties, the initiative promises to raise up to $12 billion annually for local governments and schools from increased levies on commercial and industrial properties.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in partnership with Stupski Foundation and others, have developed a pooled fund to analyze the potential impacts of the Schools and Communities First initiative. The purpose of the fund is to provide clear, data-driven information for California voters about the potential impacts of Schools and Communities first. Studies commissioned by the fund will be posted here as they become available.



Topic Authors Publication Date Link to Research
Housing and Land-Use Implications of Split-Roll Property Tax Reform in California Solomon Greene Laurie Goodman, Sarah Strochak, Daniel Teles, and Patrick Spauste October 2020 Download Now
Understanding the Impact of Proposition 15 on Small Businesses in California Beacon Economics September 2020 Download Now
Income inequality among racial groups research Isaac Martin September 2020 Download Now
Education Brief Kim Rueben, Richard C. Auxier, and Tracy Gordon July 2020 Download Now
Infrastructure Brief Tracy Gordon, Richard C. Auxier, and Kim Rueben July 2020 Download Now
Revenue Brief Richard C. Auxier, Tracy Gordon, and Kim Rueben July 2020 Download Now

News Coverage

Proposition 15 to raise taxes on commercial buildings is trailing
San Francisco Chronicle, November 4, 2020

Guest opinion: Yes on Prop 15 for a healthy California and an inclusive Mountain View
Mountain View Voice, November 1, 2020

Which businesses would pay more property tax under Proposition 15? It’s complicated
LA Times, October 15, 2020

Teachers, nurses, students rally for Prop. 15
48 Hills, October 13, 2020

Will California’s property tax initiative hurt small business? What you need to know
The Sacramento Bee, October 10, 2020

Yes on Prop. 15: Bring Needed Dollars to Schools and Communities
Santa Barbara Independent, October 8, 2020

Key Facts About Proposition 15, California's Commercial Property Taxes, and Revenue for Schools and Local Communities
California Budget & Policy Center, September, 2020

New study finds Prop. 15 will not harm small businesses In California
Silicon Valley Community Foundation, September 24, 2020

Jacques Leslie Op-Ed in the LA Times calls Yes on Prop 15 urgent reform
LA Times, July 16, 2020

Mayor Steinberg says Yes on Prop 15
The Sacramento Bee, July 15, 2020

New report shows top 10% of the largest commercial properties will cover 92% of the revenues reclaimed by Prop 15 for schools and local government
KQED, July 15, 2020

Sí se puede: Dolores Huerta on a November ballot measure on commercial property
San Francisco Chronicle, June 23, 2020