Join us in demanding accountability for our tax dollars – Contact us here

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4 Responses to “Join us in demanding accountability for our tax dollars – Contact us here”

  1. Joe Azzarito October 24, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

    I am not a member of this association but definitely a resident of Chico and have written two letters, one to the Enterprise Record and one to Chico News and Review this past week on the topic of an increase in our sales tax. I am against such an increase and want to work to defeat any such proposal. You can see my letters in Saturday October 19’s Enterprise Record and Thursday October 24’s issue of Chico News and Review. I do not dispute the city’s needs in the area of street repaving, notice not patching but complete repaving, better and much more street lighting, a permanent solution to the GROWING, notice the capitalization, issue of homelessness vagrants but not down on their luck citizens, more affordable housing (affordability backed by someone else paying the difference, i.e. taxpayers) and more fire and police protection to counteract fires and crime, especially those not being reported. City staff and other would be hangers on need to be reined in as to the “elephant in the room” – their salary, perks and pensions. City government, as well as Chico Parks and Recreation personnel are vastly over paid and pay a pittance towards their quite generous perks, medical insurance and pensions. if put into the general fund and voted on in the 11/2020 general election, not subject to use limitations and simple majority win, this sales tax increase, ostensibly for my above stated needs will go for their own benefit. CAL PER’s contribution deficits will force them to do so. And we will be asked to another round of tax increases in the near future to do the same again. Where will their thirst for power and our money end? At a similar meeting I attended, this time for CARD, when the question of a parcel tax was being proposed to address their demands ( oh! needs) I said: “Why have homeowners, who most likely would not use such items as an aquatic have to pay in perpetuity?” Impose user fees for those users (renters without pools or yards) to pay as you go. This was not even considered. The parcel tax would be subject to CPI increases and never go away, unless voted out. What we are experiencing is a growing disregard for the thinking element of our citizenry who smell rotting from within of our governments, at all levels. What we must fear is not our intelligent citizenry but the least educated and most gullible amongst us who will vote in anything they either don’t understand or don’t care to deal with. The rest of us will have suffer as a result. I welcome anyone’s comments on the above, as well as how I might join others in the fight, i.e. membership in this association.

    • Juanita Sumner October 25, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

      Thanks Joe, I’m looking forward to working with you and others to spread the word about the real reasons behind the tax increases coming to the March 2020 ballot.

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