Prop 13 kept the state from raising property taxes more than 2% a year, so that senior citizen's weren't forced to sell their houses as real estate boomed. My mom has lived in her home for over 50 years thanks to Prop 13. Anyone buying a new house have to pay taxes based on the higher price of the homes. My husband and I stayed put so our taxes were much lower than our neighbors who bought at a much higher price 15 - 20 years later. And they complained about our lower taxes. Even so we've had to leave the state because other taxes have increased and lot's of businesses have left the state because of the EPA. CA also has special smog requirements for cars that are very costly.