NOVEMBER HUMBOLDT COUNTY BALLOT RECOMMENDATIONS
The Humboldt County Taxpayers League (HTL) Board of Directors issues the following position statement in regard to the many tax proposals and School Bond measures facing the voters of Humboldt County on the November 4, 2014 ballot.
“Taxation in California, near the highest in the Nation, has reached a crippling level and increased Taxes and Fees will further depress the already stressed economy of our rural cities and county. Consequently the HTL, in general, opposes any new local taxes at this time. The HTL remains unconvinced that most local government agencies have exhausted all avenues to “live within their means.” If passed, the proposed Sales Tax Measures along with already existing Tax overrides in the cities of Arcata and Trinidad, would take over $12 million from the purchasing power of Humboldt County Shoppers and result in a 9% sales tax in some cities.”
“Humboldt County voters are faced with a myriad of potential tax increases in Eureka, Fortuna, Rio Dell, Blue Lake and an overriding tax proposed by the County which, if passed, would apply to all sales within Humboldt County including those in incorporated cities. Eureka voters are also faced with a $50 million school bond and Fortuna voters are being asked to approve a $9.5 million school bond.”
“The Humboldt Taxpayers League specifically opposes Measure Z, a ½ % countywide sales tax increase sponsored by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. It is the opinion of the HTL Board of Directors that this is a redundant tax that takes over $6 million out of the local economy mostly from the incorporated cities with little return benefit to those cities that also have their own revenue concerns. The HTL Board feels the county needs to re-evaluate its priorities and make cuts and redirect services in order to come up with a more balanced spending plan. One only needs to look at the average salary and benefits of county employees (http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2013/humboldt-county) to get an idea of where they should start.”
“While the ultimate decision to raise taxes lies with the individual voter and their assessment of the need of the jurisdiction in which they reside the HTL Board urges each voter to carefully consider what each entity has done to reduce payroll, cut costs and streamline bureaucratic processes when making up their mind on whether to support or oppose all tax initiatives. Voters should closely look at where the money has gone particularly in the area of public payroll, retirement and health benefits. The Board also urges voters to consider the potential effects that increasing the sales tax rate to 9 percent in some jurisdictions will have on the local economy and their own personal spending power.”
“The HTL Board has serious concern about Measure Q, the continuation of the ½ % Transaction and Use Tax in the City of Eureka. A review of the history of the use of these funds, purportedly to be used to enhance public safety, calls into question where the money went or will go.
The HTL Board also has serious concerns about Measure V, a similar 1% tax increase in the City of Fortuna. The voters of Fortuna would be well served to question where the reserves have gone over the past decade and how the new revenues would be used if this measure is passed.
The HTL Board questions the need for Measure S, a Eureka City Schools $50 million bond issue that will assess Eureka property owners (and indirectly renters) $60 per $100,000 assessed valuation over a 30 year period. This being the second 30 year Eureka City Schools bond in the past 12 years, the previous Measure S passed by the voters was for $32.5 million.
The Board also questions the need for Measure W a $9.0 million Fortuna Elementary School District bond which, if passed, would be the fourth Fortuna schools bond issue passed in the past eight years. One only needs to take a look at ones property tax bill and where the money went from the last bond measures in both Eureka and Fortuna to figure this one out.”
“Finally, the Humboldt County Taxpayers League Board of Directors again urges everyone to become informed on the issues and consider the economic effects on yourself and the community as a whole that the passage of these measures would bring before casting your ballot.
|The Humboldt Taxpayer's League was established in 1964 with the primary purpose of monitoring local governments in the interest of all taxpayers. Our sole concern is the most effective use of your tax dollars. We are strictly opposed to any taxation, by whatever name, without the consent of the electorate.We are: Non- partisan, non- profit and registered as a 501 (c) (4) corporation.We are a totally member supported organization and do not seek or receive any government funding.|
Monitor local governments and their use of public funds and resources Educate taxpayers on matters of taxation and the operation of government Provide a liason between the taxpayers and government entities
League normally meets for lunch at 11:45am, with the business meeting starting
at noon, the second Wednesday of each month in Eureka at the
|The next meeting of the Taxpayer’s League will be held on November 12 , 2014 at the Samoa Cookhouse. The meeting agenda will be posted below when it's available.|
|The public is invited to attend and participate. Reservations may be made by calling 707-599-2561. Send your email address to Cliff Chapman and you will be added to our list to receive the agenda and other League materials by email.|
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a. Increase general membership
and voting influence.
b. Develop and implement a Membership Drive strategy.
2. Develop the League's committee structure to increase general membership participation and the effectiveness of our time and efforts.
3. Increase visibility and communication with the public and general membership, including:
a. Newsletters and Newspaper articles4. Establish Rules of Conduct for how we conduct ourselves both within the League and with the officials, agencies and other organizations we work with.
b. Position/Issue papers
c. Public speaker forums
5. Define the principles that disclose the League's collective opinions and adopted policies toward the use of public resources, and upon which the League's positions and recommendations will be based.
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