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Hero of The Taxpayer Award 2016

Jordan Cunningham, President of the Central Coast Taxpayers Association (CCTA), presents John Peschong, long standing resident of San Luis Obispo County, with the 2016 CCTA Hero of the Taxpayer Award.  Peschong was recognized for co-founding CCTA many years ago, for serving as a past president and for fighting for the taxpayer against increasing taxes, in particular defending Proposition 13.  He has been also recognized for his work by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.  Supervisor Debbie Arnold received the first annual CCTA Hero of the Taxpayer Award in 2015 for her staunch support of Proposition 13.

A PROPOSITION 13 VICTORY
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The taxpayers of San Luis Obispo County had a victory for Proposition 13 on February 2, 2016 at the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meeting!  The Board unanimously approved (5-0) the 2016 State Legislative Platform that included two provisions to protect Proposition 13:
*Oppose any measures or legislation that reduces the super majority vote
required to raise taxes from 2/3rd to 55%.
*Oppose any legislation or initiative that proposes to modify Proposition 13.
Specifically oppose any legislation or proposal that would establish a so called “Split Roll”.

Central Coast Taxpayers Association (CCTA) Board of Director, Terri Stricklin, thanked the Board of Supervisors for the overwhelming support of Proposition 13.  She also reminded the Board of the upcoming assaults at the state level on Proposition 13 this election year.

CCTA last year strongly lobbied the Board to Defend Proposition 13!  It is very obvious those efforts are showing results now.

During the discussion, Supervisor Bruce Gibson objected to the provisions, stating that “Prop 13 is very rigid from an ideological standpoint.  It handcuffs us…is an artificial formula which impedes our ability to pass revenues that fix our transportation.”

It was also very obvious that Supervisor Adam Hill who has in the past, voted to not support Proposition 13, did not want to mess with this issue during his re-election mpaign.  He voted in favor of the Legislative Platform with the two Proposition 13 provisions.

Here is some background on the Annual State Legislative Platform.  It sets the County’s policy for its position on various matters to be considered by the State Legislature and the Governor.  It provides direction to the County’s contracted lobbyists and insures that various department heads and other officials do not take contrary positions or wander off on their own.

It also advises the County’s Assemblyman and State Senator of the County’s position.  Generally the Platform seeks to protect local authority and revenues, and  also makes requests for specific funding, especially in the areas of transportation infrastructure and water projects.




Our first Gather was held on May 7, 2015

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California gas taxes: Higher than advertised

FILL’ER UP: California claims its gas tax is .395 cents per gallon but the numbers suggest it can be as high as $1.13 per gallon, plus local sales taxes. http://watchdog.org/232083/california-gas-taxes/ By Stephen Frank | Watchdog Arena / July 30, 2015 If you ask Gov.... read more

Tax on Everything Is a Brazen Proposal

This op-ed appeared in the San Luis Obispo Tribune, the Santa Maria Times, and the Lompoc Record. If you think about it, much of your daily life already involves paying taxes to the state government. Whether earning income or eating out or buying gas or shopping... read more

Taxpayers Should Oppose Proposed Fracking Ban

This op-ed appeared in the Santa Barbara Independent and the Santa Maria Sun. The Central Coast’s energy industry is vital to the economic health of the region — producing thousands of jobs and millions per year in tax revenue. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is... read more