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

  1. Matthew February 11, 2020 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 February 13, 2020 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.

  2. Yvonne Johnson April 8, 2020 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 April 9, 2020 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.

      http://www.chico.ca.us/finance/CAFRMainPage.asp

      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 June 20, 2020 at 12:42 pm #

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

  3. Yvonne Johnson June 20, 2020 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 June 20, 2020 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.

  4. Jim Bennett October 21, 2020 at 10:35 am #

    Congratulations to Joe Azzorito for his excellent letter to the editor of the Enterprise-Record on the FAIRtax. I am the Secretary and Grassroots Director of Americans for Fair Taxation, the sponsoring organization for the FAIRtax. Please have joe reach out to me at 908-578-4975 or jim.bennett@fairtax.org or FAIRtax Califonia State Director Marty Sturmer, martysturmer@hotmail.com or 415-866-5800. Thanks.

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