Voters Will Decide Fate of 239 Local Tax and Bond Measures in November

Just because government has killed millions of California jobs, government education is a fraud—just pretend.  Our businesses are being closed and many large companies are fleeing the State.  Yet, the Left, in the midst of a government created Recession, wants to raise taxes—forcing more job losses and businesses to close  Just one, Prop. 15, would take $12.5 billion from the job creating private sector and give it to government, the job killing sector.

The local measures include 176 that propose direct tax increases. Based upon data available and estimates provided by local jurisdictions, these measures add up to $1.5 billion annually in higher local taxes.

Additionally, voters will decide $13.1 billion in local school construction bonds and $1.9 billion in other local bonds.

 Several measures specifically target employers, and would encourage businesses to take jobs and investments out of the community. These measures include:

 San Francisco’s Inequitable Tax on Business – Proposition F. A modification to the city’s business tax that would repeal the payroll tax and replace it with higher gross receipts tax rates, increasing taxes on targeted industries.”

San Fran has collapsed.  Now they want to make sure it can not return. 

If you like the Cuban society, you will love California taxes and policies.

 CalTax,  8/24/20 

When Californians go to the polls November 3, not only will they decide the fate of a massive property tax increase (Proposition 15), but they also will vote on 237 local tax increases – including bonds that would be repaid with interest via property tax increases – and two proposed tax repeals.

“Local governments loaded the ballot with tax hikes, saying they need more money because of the pandemic,” California Taxpayers Association President Robert Gutierrez said. “But taxpayers have been hit just as hard, and might decide it isn’t a good time to increase their cost of living. We wouldn’t be surprised if voters put the ‘No’ in ‘November.’”

Click here for CalTax’s detailed table of all of the local tax measures.

The local measures include 176 that propose direct tax increases. Based upon data available and estimates provided by local jurisdictions, these measures add up to $1.5 billion annually in higher local taxes.

Additionally, voters will decide $13.1 billion in local school construction bonds and $1.9 billion in other local bonds.

 Several measures specifically target employers, and would encourage businesses to take jobs and investments out of the community. These measures include:

 San Francisco’s Inequitable Tax on Business – Proposition F. A modification to the city’s business tax that would repeal the payroll tax and replace it with higher gross receipts tax rates, increasing taxes on targeted industries.

 San Francisco’s Tax Increase on Local Employers – Proposition L. A gross receipts tax based upon the difference in pay between a business’ executives and other employees. Since the tax is based on employees who spend a majority of their work time within the city/county, taxpayers would have to track where each employee performs work to determine whether to include them in the calculation. With many employees working outside the office due to the pandemic, this would prove nearly impossible and would raise privacy issues for employees working from home.

  • Richmond’s Gross Receipts Tax – Measure U. Proposes a $2.74 million annual tax increase on employers in the city.

 Another measure – Union City’s Measure WW – proposes a 5 percent utility users tax on telecommunication services and video-streaming services as well as gas and electricity. The measure would increase the cost of using technology at a time when families are especially reliant on technology for remote learning and working from home.

CalTax’s list of local measure includes information on the tax and bond measures from 56 of the state’s 58 counties (Modoc and Nevada counties have not responded to requests for information and have not posted information online, but will be added to the table when information becomes available). After the election, CalTax will update the table with results as they are announced.

 Gutierrez urged taxpayers to monitor local government compliance with the Political Reform Act, which bans government agencies from using public funds to campaign for or against ballot measures or candidates.

 “Many local governments are brazenly spending tax dollars on campaign-style ads and mailers, with graphics, slogans and poll-tested talking points designed to encourage a ‘yes’ vote,” Gutierrez said. “These efforts are described as ‘educational outreach,’ but the intent is to advocate for tax increases, not to educate voters about the true pros and cons.”

 Gutierrez noted that the ballot questions themselves are written by the local government officials who placed the measures on the ballot, and this conflict of interest often results in biased wording that extols the virtues of government programs and ignores the impact of taxes on family budgets and the local economy.

 CalTax urges taxpayers to report campaign violations to their county district attorney and the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

 CalTax also warned taxpayers to be vigilant for improper government spending involving statewide measures. For example, the Oakland Unified School District recently used its official Twitter account, Facebook page and staff time to post campaign materials and assist signature-gathering for Proposition 15, the $11 billion-a-year property tax increase that subsequently qualified for the November ballot.

About Stephen Frank

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Comments

  1. Rico Lagattuta says

    In California we have adopted the French adage “tax the pooe folk! give them a chance to rise above it!

  2. William Hicks says

    Nuisance hasn’t even put his finger in the wind to see how he is not winning his arguments. He should be wondering who he can tax when all the “rich liberals” have left the state taking there businesses with them.

  3. Let’s see they want the State to sell electric vehicles that have a massive taxpayer subsidy.

    They have seen the economy crater and tax revenues plummet.

    The Democrat forest management is literally gutting counties.

    Faced with all these issues and $52 Billion Deficit they want to raise taxes so more companies will leave?

    As my philosophy Professor stated there are rational concept and logical arguments without being rational. The Democrats have decided their arguments will rest on logic and ignore the lack of rational thought.

    Sigh….

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