The Contra Costa Taxpayers Association is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting accountable, cost-effective and efficient government and opposing unnecessary taxes and spending.
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President's Report - February, 2017
As our organization celebrates its 80th anniversary, the need for proactive taxpayer advocacy is dire, and CoCoTax members are meeting the challenge. Our mission to promote good government at affordable cost finds opportunities all around us here in Contra Costa and throughout the state - a “target rich environment.” Known for over a century as the “Golden State,” California is now awash in the red ink of massive public debt, and elected officials at all levels scramble to find new revenues to avoid governmental insolvency. Meanwhile, our public infrastructure crumbles, and overburdened families and businesses flee to Texas and elsewhere to pursue the American dream.
A Handbook for How CoCoTax Does Business
CoCoTax has developed a handbook to help our members and others better understand how we operate. The handbook will also serve as a reference source for tools to evaluate tax and bond proposals, as well as the agencies that seek voter support for the measures they propose.
The impetus for the handbook began as a desire to help new and prospective members get up to speed quickly in the important work of Contra Costa Taxpayers Association. Beyond that, our goals included making more visible our focus on the “good government” side of our work.
The organization of the handbook is roughly: who we are, the principles of good taxation, what we believe as CoCoTax, how those beliefs are reflected in positions on important issues, criteria to evaluate taxes, bonds, and taxing authorities, templates to help do that, FAQ’s, and links to valuable information. An addendum offers advocacy tips and thoughts for CoCoTax internal projects.
We believe the handbook captures in a single document much of the good work that has been done by many individuals over several years. We also believe that it is not a document that is or will be finished, as it will no doubt prompt thinking that will continue to strengthen CoCoTax and its operation even further. For this reason, we invite and welcome your comments. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will be reviewed for inclusion in periodic updates to the handbook and the templates.
Click here to view the handbook.
Senator Steve Glazer Joins Bay Area Newspapers and Contra Costa Taxpayers In Endorsing Measure X
Walnut Creek, CA – Today, State Senator Steve Glazer announced he was joining a broad coalition of Contra Costa leaders in supporting Measure X, the countywide transportation measure.
“I’m pleased to join with the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association in supporting Measure X. This measure will improve all aspects of our transportation network in Contra Costa County with local control and strict accountability,” said Glazer. “It is being managed by an agency with a successful track record of delivering road and highway projects on time and under budget. I urge Contra Costa residents to join me in voting Yes on Measure X.”Click here to read the entire article.
Contra Costa Taxpayers Association Mentioned in
National Bestseller Book
The Contra Costa Taxpayers Association was mentioned in a 2013 book by Meredith Whitney, "Fate of States". Chapter 4 is devoted to Contra Costa Taxpayers Association and the 2012 ConFire parcel tax regarding spiraling pension costs.
West County Meeting Schedule
Mountain Mike's Pizza, 1516 Fitzgerald Dr., Pinole
5:30 p.m. no-host pizza, salad, etc and social time, meetings 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 7
Tuesday, March 7
Tuesday, April 4
Tuesday, May 2
A lot of publicity has gone to CalPERS and its pitiful 1% rate of return. CCCERA is using a 7.75 expected rate of return when for 2011 it earned 2.7%, the 5 year average is only 2.4%, and the 10 year average is 6.2%. Retaining that 7.75% rate of return will push more expenses to the governments in CCCERA including the county and ConFire. That will mean dollars that would go to services will be directed to pension payment.
Contra Costa $100,000 Pension Club has 787 Members as of 7/1/2013. A 10% increase from 2012 numbers.
California Property Tax
Do you or a loved one need help keeping up with residential property tax payments?
The State Controller is accepting applications for the Property Tax Postponement (PTP) Program.
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