Chico Taxpayers Association discusses pending local tax increases

6 May

We had a great meeting at the library this morning. We discussed the phone tax resolution that is currently being crafted by the city attorney, as well as the sales tax increase proposal being forwarded along by Tom Lando and friends. 

Council heard a first reading of the phone tax resolution, in three versions with three rate proposals,  at the May 1 meeting last week. In answer to complaints that the language in those drafts was misleading and deceptive, council voted to send one of the proposals back to city attorney Lori Barker’s office for some editing.  Council majority (with Evans and Sorensen dissenting) chose a rate of 4.5 percent, but made no specific demands regarding the language or exactly which parts of the resolution should be rewritten. The revised edition should come back to council shortly, I’ll be watching for it.

The sales tax increase proposal is being kicked around at the Chamber of Commerce, of which Tom Lando is a member and past president. The Chamber seems to be vetting the measure, keeping a low profile and trying to get as many clouted individuals on board as possible before they bring this turkey out to greet the public. 

At today’s meeting we read over and discussed the reports made by the city attorney and the city manager regarding the phone tax, and also the proposed resolution itself. I’m going to try to post a bit of those reports day by day so we can discuss the pertinent points here, please stay tuned.

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4 Responses to “Chico Taxpayers Association discusses pending local tax increases”

  1. Sue Hubbard May 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Sorry I missed that meeting. I was in San Jose at a convention. Does Lando still have time to try and get that thing on the ballot?

    • Juanita Sumner May 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

      We’ll be having plenty more meetings Sue, please come on in whenever you can.

      I got confused on the timeline for Lando’s sales tax, but I’m told he’s got til July, and he’s working on it with members of chamber and at least one councilman. And that’s just what we’ve heard – I’d bet he’s been having some meetings with members of $taff as well.

  2. FourthGeneration Chico May 8, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    These people have no shame.

    • Juanita Sumner May 8, 2012 at 10:41 am #

      Flakcatchers can have no shame, it’s part of the job description.

      One night after a particularly dismal budget discussion during a council meeting, my husband was so disgusted, when we ran into Burkland at the bike rack, my husband blurted out, as he was unlocking our bikes, “I’m ashamed of you.” And Burkland just stuttered that he was “sorry you feel that way” and fumbled his way into the building.

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