Join us in demanding accountability for our tax dollars – contact us here!

Chico Taxpayers Association is a public discussion group. This blog is intended as a forum for issues related directly or indirectly to entities that can assess taxes or raise fees  on citizens – from the city of Chico to public utility companies to districts like Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control and Chico Area Recreation District. The mission of CTA is to inform ourselves and others of how our public institutions work and how we can be involved in better running our own government. 

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6 Responses to “Join us in demanding accountability for our tax dollars – contact us here!”

  1. Scott Rushing January 14, 2018 at 1:07 am #

    There has been 28 fatal “Officer Involved Shootings” during the years Michael Ramsey has been the Butte County DA and he and his team have likely spent thousands of hours, at taxpayer expense, to investigate these fatal shootings. Three killings in 2017, including my son. The DA will be assigning his team to respond to any legal challenge. It seems that the DA is extremely cavalier with his use of taxpayer dollars.

    Chico Police Department Sergeant Scott Ruppel, has chosen to retire, announced in December, 2017, with a very lucrative pension, rather than cooperate with an Internal Affairs Investigation for strangling a restrained suspect in August, 2017. The taxpayer will have to pay this substantial pension to an officer, age 51, for the rest of his life.

    • Juanita Sumner January 14, 2018 at 6:01 am #

      Thank you for contacting me Mr. Rushing. This has been a hard story to follow – the press here is unreliable, the daily is cop friendly, and the weekly is cat box liner.

  2. Heather Minton January 22, 2018 at 5:17 pm #

    I take a bit of offense to this:

    We also have a pile of turds who want to run – including Scott Huber, who lives in Forest Ranch, according to the column he writes for the Forest Ranch newsletter. We’ve got to start vetting some real creeps, and most of all, see where they stand on the pensions issue.

    I am currently running for Chico city council and I believe after reading many of your blogs, we share a lot of the same concerns. I am sure there are many places we would disagree but I am someone who is willing to see all sides and listen. I am an average chico citizen who has grown up here my entire life. I don’t own a business and my husband and I work for a living and raise our daughter. We own a home near the Lindo channel and see first hand the homeless/transient problem every day. I have a gigantic pothole literally in front of my driveway (its huge) and I want it fixed but the ridiculous backroom deal of a garbage contract that raised my rates and took away my choice is not it. I don’t want my kid in 10 years to also be paying for the pensions that are bankrupting our city either. I think the short-sightedness of the council in not allowing the sale of recreational marijuana is RIDICULOUS. Even if you are not a user or disagree with prop 64, it’s here and we might as well reap the benefits of the revenue it can generate. This is money the city needs that isn’t on the back of the taxpayers. It’s a no-brainer. I am frankly sick and tired of people who have no idea whats going on in the life of an “average” citizen making decisions for myself and my family. I have friends who own small businesses like auto shops and daycares who feel the city only cares about downtown and Sierra Nevada. They don’t feel that they are heard as a business owner in town. I consider myself a common sense progressive. I believe that most people want a government that is fiscally responsible and socially liberal. I think we desperately need new, younger, progressive voices now more than ever. I want change and it sounds like you do to.

    -Heather Minton

    • Juanita Sumner January 23, 2018 at 6:25 am #

      I posted your comment on the current post – “Reanette you got no game”.

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