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Howard Jarvis Loses Tax Fight over San Francisco Bridge Tolls

Jan. 25, 2023, 9:40 PM

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday ended a fight about a voter-approved initiative that increased tolls on the seven state-run bridges over San Francisco Bay by $3 in part to support climate change projects.

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which brought the property tax-limiting Proposition 13 to the world, argues the toll boost is really a tax because proceeds will be used for other transportation means and thus needs a two-thirds majority. Regional Measure 3 passed in June 2018 with 57% of the vote.

Justices during their weekly meeting unanimously dismissed the case and returned it to the appellate court. ...