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Contra Costa Taxpayers Association

Clean Water Fee by Mail Vote

22 Feb 2012 8:36 AM | Jessica Wagner-Weir (Administrator)
Because this is a "fee" the method chosen to distribute the ballots is through a private company, not the County Elections Office. The "ballot" may look more like an advertisement since the return address is the Clean Water group.  A copy of the envelope can be found here:  CCCWP Outgoing Env v1.pdf

CoCoTAX is opposing this measure for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to:
  • The "fee" differs in three areas in Contra Costa County that seem to have no other basis than what polls show people will pay.
  • The fee is not modest like they emphasize (businesses can pay thousands of dollars) and the fee can be raised annually for the next ten years. 
  • There is already a similar fee on your tax bill that is now up to $30 and it was stated during the public hearing that they needed this new fee because that was not enough money.
  • The "calculations" include vague number justification and include dubious amounts for public outreach. The massive amounts of money being spent in advertising shows what is at stake.
  • There is no scientific studies that validate the claims that are being made for the need for many of the issues raised.
  • The trash reduction component is unrealistic and could actually cause flooding when such small particulates are trapped. (think leaves in the fall
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