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ACCT opposes Measure
A, the Contra Costa Community College District's Massive New Bond
Measure, on the June 6, 2006 ballot:
CCCCD's scandal involving "concurrent enrollment"
Some CCCCD Scandals We Know About:
Relentless New Tax Drives by Public Agencies
BART, EBRPD, and other spendthrift public agencies have reached the tipping point. Their out-of-control salary and benefit trajectories cannot be sustained -- and these are already impacting basic services and responsible facility maintenance rightly expected from those agencies. It's time to call a halt to extortionate new tax campaigns to fund "needs" which developed only because the public agencies have misdirected the money they already receive. New tax revenues would serve only to reward their bad decisions and make more such problems likely down the road.
Public-sector corollary to Parkinson's Law:
"Unit costs of public services tend to increase to
choice theory teaches us that there is an inherent bias toward
NEWS: The California Teachers Association and Rob Reiner
Euphoria at getting a
Taxes have reached
confiscatory, destructive levels -- diminishing the
spend more money per capita [per person ! ] on taxes ($10,447)
Public-private pay gap
-- Contra Costa Times, 04-04-04
State Senator, Assisting Campaign Donor, Influences Retirement Board
Contra Costa Times, 04-04-04-- "State Sen. Tom Torlakson successfully lobbied
Regional Measure 2 Went to Ballot Despite Sponsors' Knowledge of Illegality "Under U.S. law, a highway bridge that receives even one federal dollar cannot use toll money to pay bus drivers, buy ferry fuel or cover any of the costs of transit service."
"Public choice theory teaches us that there is an inherent bias toward
CAL-TAX Lists California's 2003 Tax and Fee Attacks on Taxpayers
Taxpayers' Association Listing of 2003's tax and fee
already beleaguered with the level of debts we're carrying
is a great place to run a small business. All you have to do is
Jury Reports on Fiscal Irresponsibility
in Contra Costa Government
Ignores Retiree Health Costs -- The Financial Tidal Wave (2006)
of Women Voters, Promoter of Local Tax Increases,
a cozy arrangement. The League of Women Voters signed BART's
learned earlier in 2002 that the East Bay Regional Park District
LWV appears as a signatory to ballot arguments supporting Regional
At best, in our considered view,
such payments represent an
We Changed Our Address
ACCT website once had a different URL address. We initiated a change to avoid confusion among visitors to that previous address. A
local activist named Brad Senden -- or more specifically, "Political
Designs," one of his companies -- registered a web address similar to
the one we used previously, then posted a crude denunciation of ACCT at
On the other hand, Senden acts through "Political Designs" as a paid campaign consultant, assisting public agencies in passing new tax measures. We wonder: which is it -- objective pollster, or determined campaign agent?
Senden was not identified in either of these dual roles in an October 6, 2000 letter to the editor intended to support a push for new, unneeded library taxes -- after Senden had acted as a pollster for the County's Library District, when it geared up for what became Measure L. In the editorial letter, "Dr. J. Bradford Senden" attempted to insult opponents to such taxes as allegedly needing "help making logical debating points and building cogent arguments." No thanks, Dr. Senden; we'll manage somehow on our own.
Outsourcing of Library Administration
Seven years ago, ACCT's
management consultants offered a no-fee,
There's a better way than new taxes -- a proven
way -- to provide
Riverside County, serving a population slightly
larger than Contra
The online record is not complete -- but
several sources help tell
"Riverside County Libraries Shelve
Old Ways: County is first in nation
"Outsourcing: can it work for you?" (3M Library Systems)
Library Director Tapped As Vice President for LSSI
ACCT -- the Alliance of Contra Costa Taxpayers
From hidden phone surcharges to Bay Bridge tolls
On average, state and local governments alone consume $3,500
Stung by Prop. 13 in 1978, the tax consumers have resorted
And with Prop.
39 having passed, the tax promoters have only
The Alliance of Contra Costa Taxpayers is a group
In contrast, we find many recent local tax measures
ACCT will oppose such excesses.
Surprise for Taxpayers in Some "Low Tax" States: Minus the Federal
Taxes, They're Actually 'High Tax' States" -- from the Tax Foundation.
2 Applying federal income tax bracket at 28% (and many families are in
39% bracket), Social Security and Medicare taxes at 15.3% (7.65% by
employer or all personally if self-employed), state income taxes at 7%
-- and that's before we get to property taxes, sales taxes, gasoline taxes,
phone taxes, etc., etc.
3 California Taxpayers' Association and Tax Foundation
California - 1995-96 State, Local, and Federal Tax Burden:
Rising Cost of Government" (Sept. '99) California Taxpayers' Association
This website will present the case for rejection
of unreasonable taxes with
It is our intention to present the facts about
taxes and their underlying fiscal realities,
This page was last updated on 07/04/06