Yuba County enacts 1 cent sales tax increase, taxpayers fight back

8 Apr

I asked my friend in Marysville about the latest news regarding the lawsuit Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and two Yuba County citizens have taken to court over Yuba County’s recently enacted 1 cent sales tax increase – Ballot Measure K.

The issue at hand is whether or not Measure K was promoted as a special tax, and therefore needed 2/3’s vote instead of 55%. The county now denies it was marketed as a special tax. But my friend recalls the campaign, “promises everywhere were made that it would go into a Special Fund. All of those safety meetings, polls/surveys, signs with flames and badges saying Keep Yuba County Safe. All the flyers and FB posts with promises after promises.”

She says the plaintiffs have “about 100 emails with proof of all of this. A County document that was done in Sept 2018 has how the Measure K money will be spent. 93% was designated to safety. 7% to essential services. “

Unfortunately the court recently refused the injunction to stop the tax increase until the trial, set for the end of August. So the increase went into effect April 1 – how appropriate. Folks are being told they can keep their receipts, and get a refund later if the lawsuit is successful. Like my friend says,  “Ridiculous.”  Imagine yourself sitting over that shoebox full of receipts, figuring the .01% refund on your cell phone calculator.

We’ll have to watch this one!

 

2 Responses to “Yuba County enacts 1 cent sales tax increase, taxpayers fight back”

  1. bob April 11, 2019 at 7:26 pm #

    If you want to see where their sales tax increase money will go listen to this. (The guy does mention CalPERS which is a poster child for all this.)

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