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Write those letters!

10 Sep

I’ve been asking readers to spread the word about Measure J, the cell phone tax. The proponents of this grab, including Mayor Ann Schwab and councilors Goloff, Gruendl, Holcombe and Walker, are using some pretty misleading arguments, and if we don’t do whatever we can to get the truth out there, we might just end up with a 4.5 tax on our cell phones, not to mention services like paging and voice over internet protocol – anything included in your phone bill. 

Remember, this is an extension of the current Utility Tax already collected on land lines, at 5 percent. Schwab is making the argument that she’s giving us a tax decrease because this measure lowers the current rate from 5 percent to 4.5 percent. But, once they extend the tax to your currently UN-TAXED cell phones, that half percent will dry up faster than spit on a griddle. The question being, how many people will understand what’s really happening? There’s nothing about that in any of the campaign literature – read it for yourself, here:

http://clerk-recorder.buttecounty.net/elections/archives/eln27/27_local_measures.html#d

We have to get the truth out there. Don’t be shy, this is really important. I just wrote a letter today to a local business I’ve patronized for years – Payless Lumber. I was inspired to do so because I received a letter from them in my recent billing, regarding AB 1492, which “imposes an assessment on lumber products and engineered wood products at a rate of one percent of gross receipts from the sale of those products…”  You mean, A SALES TAX? 

I read up on AB 1492 here:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_1451-1500/ab_1492_cfa_20120822_142638_sen_floor.html

I see the money will go to salaries – “Funds are required to be available upon appropriation for administrative costs… regulatory activities…management…grants…” 

The letter goes on to list contact information for the governor’s office – available here:

http://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

I appreciated the time, effort and concern behind this letter, so I sent him a quick note about Measure J, with links where he could find more information. I think that’s a pretty “American” thing to do, and I enjoyed myself. I think you will too! 

Go for it!