Mark Orme’s sales tax increase measure: With salaries well in excess of $100,000/year, the people who really make and implement these decisions are well-insulated from any negative impacts. In fact, they directly benefit from any increase in taxes

6 Jan

Here’s another letter writer who does not support the city’s sales tax increase measure. From the Chico Enterprise Record:

Don’t trust this council with more money

As a current taxpayer in Chico,, I do not support the proposed sales tax put forth by the city council’s conservatives. They already can’t manage the current city budget, what makes them think they can take on more responsibility? For example, millions of dollars are spent on Chico PD “overtime” pay and for Chico Firefighter’s “disability claims” right before they retire. They need to do a better job of examining loopholes and the exploitation of city funds by these groups.

This city does not need more money: what we need are people who know how to manage city funds in ways that actually support the community and address issues such as homelessness, poverty, climate change, etc. — Alicia Trider, Chico CA

I’m so glad this person is familiar with the police and fire contracts. People need to read this stuff, we are on the hook for it. The cop and fire contracts are very generous, I’ve written here about it many times. Here are a couple of posts from last year that proved very enlightening:

CTO = “compensated time off”
Look at the calisthenics these people go through to spike their last year’s earnings and, subsequently, their pensions.

I don’t know if Trider actually read the contracts, as I have many times, but if she did, she’d find all kinds of stuff that just raises the cost of public safety for no other reason than PURE GREED.

Trider goes on to list her priorities, which put her at 180 degrees from previous letter writers. So, this sales tax measure has already raised hackles on both sides of the aisle, as I expected. The skating rink also raised hackles on both sides of the aisle, as did using taxpayer money to hire a consultant to push the measure. So far, Staff and Council seem to be putting their foot in their own doo-doo at every turn. In fact, I’d say, Council keeps stepping in Mark Orme’s doo-doo.

A tax increase is a negative for everybody – business owners and consumers are connected at the hip. Businesses need healthy consumers, and consumers need healthy businesses. Raising taxes eats people’s “disposable income,” and that means less money to spend to support local businesses. I’m not threatening to leave – think you’re gonna get rid of me that easily? I’ll just take my business elsewhere. In 2012, when disgraced ex-city-manager Brian Nakamura and despicable ex-city-manager Tom Lando initiated this conversation, I discovered online shopping, and I love it. I also enjoy a trip to Oregon now and then, where they have NO SALES TAX.

Well, I should say, this measure would be a negative for almost everybody. With salaries well in excess of $100,000/year, the people who really make and implement these decisions are well-insulated from any negative impacts. In fact, they directly benefit from any increase in taxes.

Write to your district rep, include the whole council, ask them to pull out of this dive before it’s too late.

2 Responses to “Mark Orme’s sales tax increase measure: With salaries well in excess of $100,000/year, the people who really make and implement these decisions are well-insulated from any negative impacts. In fact, they directly benefit from any increase in taxes”

  1. bob January 7, 2022 at 8:58 pm #

    So even with two articles in the ER giving the bureaucrats’ pitches and no opposing view so far there have been 3 letters against? Couldn’t tell for sure if Watts was against. He just predicted it would lose but by the tone of his prediction it didn’t sound like he was for it.

    I don’t know if it will pass or not. I do know that most local tax increases and bond measures pass and that the City Council will spend a small fortune on consulting firms to propagandize us to vote for it.

    And the other thing I know and guarantee and that is no matter how much we allow them to take from us it will never be enough.

    • Juanita Sumner January 8, 2022 at 6:28 am #

      Actually, last couple of elections have turned that around – tax measures have been defeated, both across the state and locally. People are getting fed-up – “taxpayer fatigue”. And, for good reason – we pay the highest taxes in the country, but our roads are in the worst shape, both statewide and locally. People are pissed about the condition of our parks, and the Downtown skating rink is just a slap in the face, a spectacular example of why we shouldn’t trust Staff or Council with more money. We’re being sued over the transients because Orme, Coolidge, Morgan and Reynolds thought it would be funny to send homeless people out to bake at the airport. Meanwhile, it’s not safe to go to the park or anywhere else, or even park your car in front of your own residence.

      And, you’ve seen it here, both sides of the aisle condemning the tax, and not afraid to go public with it. You should add your letter to the pile – remember how pissed people got when they found out CARD planned to use Measure A funds to get a bond? CARD management thought they could get away with that, but you and Dave blew them out of the closet. Dave stood right up at a meeting and made Ann Willmann admit she’d lied about CARD having no debt, when they had over $1.27 million in pension deficit for only 34 employees.

      So, yeah, we can’t just stand here whining about it, we have to get out there and make sure the voters have ALL the facts. This measure should be on the March ballot, and so far we have a better head of steam on than the only proponents – Staff and Council. Remember, it’s easier to fight a tax measure than pass one, the burden of proof is on them.

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