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

  1. Joe Azzarito 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 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.

  2. Matthew at 8:59 pm #

    Regarding “no on A”. Where are you getting the stats from? I like to be able to prove to the naysayers why giving CARD more money is a waste.

    • Juanita Sumner at 5:02 am #

      Sorry it took me a couple of days to find your comment in the spam file.

      In answer to your question, look at the CARD budgets on their website, you’ll find the transfers to the Pension Stabilization Trust. Then start reading agendas and attending meetings – for example, I was sitting at the meeting when they decided to cut all part time staffers to 28 hours or less so they wouldn’t have to pay for their health insurance. I was sitting at the meeting when they cut 200 kids from the Junior Giants program because they didn’t have enough staff. Ask questions – I have the consultant’s report about Shapiro Pool because I asked for it. I also have emails from Ann Willmann stating the employee pension shares.

      I hope you will vote NO on A and then get ready for the same blitz from the city of Chico.

  3. Yvonne Johnson at 12:41 pm #

    How do we get an audit of Chico and the County. I’m tired of them cooking the books. I think we have a city of Bell going on across many jurisdictions county wide.

    • Juanita Sumner at 7:21 am #

      Yeah, what happened to the anger over Bell? You are correct – while not on the same scale, we have salaries and benefits packages in Butte County that are not sustainable.

      I bet you won’t be surprised to find out – these agencies are allowed to hire their own auditors. Those reports are sent to the state auditor, who just rubberstamps them and compiles the Comprehensive Annual Finance Report (CAFR) for each agency. Those reports do show the agency’s debt and their rating by the banks. Here’s Chico’s report.

      don’t be intimidated, just sit down in a quiet moment and start looking at it until something catches your eye. On page ii, for example, they make their lies about the Camp Fire bringing in 19,000 people. They say this number was “confirmed” by the State Finance Department, but that’s a lie. I read the report – those numbers were ESTIMATES based on new construction, ESTIMATES. Given to the state by the city of Chico and County of Butte. But the State Finance Dept DOES NOT QUESTION or investigate the information they are handed.

      So, you see what these reports are really worth, but I’d give them a read anyway. There is real information buried in there, like how much the city owes on the pensions, and what that debt does to the city’s credit rating.

      Please come back as you sift through this stuff, we can talk it over and make sense of it.

      • Yvonne Johnson at 12:42 pm #

        I just noticed this response. Thanks for writing back. I will be looking in the places you suggested.

  4. Yvonne Johnson at 12:40 pm #

    Hi there,

    Please say something about Newsome’s mask order and his other dirty deeds. He orders us to wear masks, slithers up to his buddies, makes private arrangements for them to contract mask production in China. This is an outrage. Our council and leaders is undoubtedly part of this scheme.

    • Juanita Sumner at 1:27 pm #

      thanks for coming by Yvonne, Newsom really stinks. And yeah, our council could have opened meetings long ago. I’ll work that in, thank you again.

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