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YOLO COUNTY TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION        2011-2012

Defending  Yolo County Taxpayer Rights   

HELP US CONTINUE THE FIGHT.  JOIN YCTA TODAY! DON'T MISS THE LATEST INFORMATION (12/21/11) ON THE WOODLAND/DAVIS WATER PROJECT.  READ THE SPECIAL REPORT BY PRESIDENT JOHN MUNN IN THE NAVIGATE BAR!

12/21/ 2011

 

For Immediate Release

*** NEWS RELEASE ***

 

 

Surface Water Project Forum

 

To find out the facts about plans and costs for replacing local groundwater with Sacramento River water, the Yolo County Taxpayers Association is holding a Surface Water Project Forum on Wednesday, October 26, at 7 p.m. in the Woodland Community and Senior Center.  The Forum will include an overview of the surface water project, which is being managed by the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency, a joint powers authority of the Cities of Woodland and Davis. The Forum will also feature a panel comprised of Woodland Public Works Director Greg Meyer, Woodland City Councilman Bill Marble, Woodland Principal Engineer Doug Baxter, and Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency engineer Jim Yost to answer questions about the project, its costs, and plans to finance it primarily through water rates.  The event is free and members of the public are invited to come, listen, learn, ask questions and voice their concerns.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

John Munn
President
Yolo County Taxpayers Association
e-mail address: 

yolocountytaxpayers@gmail.com

(530) 753-7529

 

 

                                                     

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Dear Taxpayer,                                                   

Thank you for visiting the Yolo County Taxpayers Association website. – We serve the taxpayers of Yolo County by providing information about tax, spending, and regulatory proposals to ensure that our government representatives are accountable for their use of your hard-earned tax dollars.  

As a local, grassroots organization, much of the YCTA's work is focused on city, special district, and county government activities that get little attention or critical review in TV and print media. We hope that you will visit this site for analysis of measures that would result in more spending, tax increases, shifts in funding between public services, and loss of property rights.

Local, state, and federal agencies are now faced with large budget deficits because of past spending decisions that did not account for economic cycles that have existed since the founding of our nation. The first reflex of government to loss of expected revenues is to increase taxes and fees. It is the job of YCTA to remind our representatives and public employees that taxes are paid by individuals and businesses who do not have limitless resources and have expenses of their own.  

Following are some examples of local issues that the YCTA has worked on:

YCTA’S “WATCH DOG LIST” 

  • Yolo County's unsuccessful attempt to use eminent domain to buy the Conaway Ranch, which had an estimated value of sixty million dollars. This adventure by the Board of Supervisors would have seized the Conaway Ranch from unwilling sellers for no clear public use.
     
  • Transfer of privately owned utility properties fro Pacific Gas and Electric Company to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
    This local ballot measure would have burdened Yolo County rate players with the cost of purchasing utility properties and equipment that they had already paid for, while reducing taxes and subventions paid by PG&E, with proposed rate reductions dependent upon economic factors that have not materialized.

     
  • Yolo County land use policies!
    The County is seizing private property from local landowners and family farmers
    without their consent for so-called preservation projects. This longstanding
    practice has resulted in public ownership of land that no longer generates property taxes required to fund public services, such as education and road maintenance.
     
  • Now, Despite being faced with more red ink and spending millions in a failed effort to take over the Conaway Ranch, Yolo County’s Supervisors think they deserve a pay raise.  What will they think of next?

Be assured that we are hard at work to protect your hard earned tax dollars. But we can’t do it alone. So I encourage you to join us and sign up for email alerts that notify you of when your tax dollars and private property are under threat from big spenders.     

John Munn
President

 

WE SUPPORT

  • FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY BY PUBLIC OFFICIALS!

  • HONESTY  IN CONSUMER AFFAIRS

  • CONSOLIDATION  OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS.

  • A TWO-THIRDS VOTE FOR ALL TAX INCREASE (THE HEART OF PROPOSITION 13)

  • THE GANN SPENDING LIMITS

  • PRIVATIZATION OF SERVICES

  • INDEPENDENT AUDIT AND ANALYSIS OF SERVICES

  • TERM LIMITS FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS

  • STEWARDSHIP OF YOLO COUNTY'S PRECIOUS NATURAL RESOURCES

WE OPPOSE

  • Circumvention of Props 13 and 218

  • Excessive salaries for public employees

  • Taxes disguised as assessments, excessive fees and charges

  • Government waste

  • Inappropriate use of government power (Eminent Domain)

 

Yolo County offers diverse economic opportunities.  Our greatest resources are our people and their productivity, our fertile land and our water!