The Sacramento Taxpayers Association has played a major role in community taxpayer issues since its inception in 1961. The association researches tax issues, utility rates, and bond measures, as well as monitors the City and County annual budgets. When the
Association has had concerns about local government’s effectiveness, it has written letters to elected officials and local media, and has also testified at public meetings in support of its position on taxpayer-related issues.
The Association is non-profit and non-partisan, and accepts no government funds. It is a diverse group of business, industrial, and professional organizations, as well as independent local citizens concerned with the community and the most effective use of local tax dollars.
Over the years, the
Association has made itself well-known to Sacramento communities’ business and political leaders as a strong representative of local taxpayers.
THE ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS
Fiscal responsibility by elected public officials
A two-thirds (2/3) vote for tax increases (the heart of proposition 13)
The Gann Spending Limits
Independent budget analysis and auditing
Term Limits for elected official
THE ASSOCIATION OPPOSES
Circumvention of Proposition 13
Excessive pensions for public employees
Excessive permit fees
Taxes disguised as assessments and fees
PAST COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
During the past decade, the League
has been involved in a number of high profile issues, with some very
satisfying results. Listed below are just some of the major projects
it has participated in:
- 2002 - Won a lawsuit against the
County for violation of Proposition 62 (illegally passing a
utility tax and hotel tax without voter approval)
- 2004 - Successfully fought
attacks on Proposition 13 by stopping Proposition 56, a proposed
County utility tax earmarked for 2005.
- 2006 - Had high profile
opposition to the attempted SMUD takeover of PG&E services in
portions of Yolo County ( Measure “L” ) which would have
affected Sacramento ratepayers too.
- 2006 - Fought against measures
“Q” and “R,” which were City attempts to increase taxes and then
build a new arena. Both “Q” and “R” were resoundingly defeated
- 2008 - Opposed the Project Labor
Agreement at the Railyards, Opposed the City Gang Tax, Opposed
High-speed Rail, Criticized the County’s handling of the Library
fiasco and the Metro Fire District problems.
- 2009 - Testified against new Cal
Expo arena, joined the Delta Water Coalition, supported the
Utilities Rate Rollback Initiative.
- 2010 - Continued to serve on
five local school Bond Oversight Committees, joined the Howard
Jarvis Taxpayer Assoc. in a class action lawsuit against the
City of Sacramento for violation of use of utility funds,
Supported Measure B (City Utilities Rate Rollback), supported
local jobs with no labor agreements for the new airport
terminal, Opposed Regional Water Control Boards new draft
discharge permit (which will cost $2 Billion over ten years),
Opposed new ‘Convergence Arena Plan’ at Cal Expo.
- 2011 - Opposed new arena plan
(Sports and Entertainment Complex) at the Sacramento Railyards,
and it’s unwieldy financial plan, joined with several other
statewide taxpayer groups to oppose regional and statewide tax
- 2012 - Continue to monitor
attempts to build a new arena. And ready for any other taxpayer
battles that come up this year.
In addition, the STA has set up
several committees to provide specific levels of expertise on a
subject, then to bring back recommendations to the full Board for
action steps. Here are the Committee names:
Pensions (Public Employees)
School Bond Oversight