SCTA Report on Pensions and Taxes

Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Petaluma and Cloverdale are all placing measures on the November ballot seeking to increase or augment existing sales and utility user taxes.  Contrary to the representations of county supervisors (more…)

July Newsletter Available

Read about SRJC’s plans to ask voters for $410 million in new bonds while $175 million from the college’s 2002 bond issue remains outstanding.  To view our July, 2014 newsletter, click here.

Union Leaders Throw Union Workers Under the Bus

We are all aware that labor union leaders like to fashion themselves as guardians of the working class. And while at one time that may have been true, today’s union leadership is rapidly losing claim to that mantle as it leaves more and more working class families and retirees behind. It is undeniably the case that over the years, unions and their leadership have made impressive strides to improve wages, benefits and working conditions for their membership. But today’s union leaders have lost their focus on improving the lives of their membership in general and spend their time and effort instead protecting their own interests and the interests of select subsets of the union family. (more…)

2014 Board of Supervisors Candidates Questionnaire

To see the 2014 Board of Supervisors Candidates Questionnaire and responses, click here.

SoCo Tax Supports Bodega Bay Fire District Parcel Tax

The Sonoma County Taxpayers Association has reviewed the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District’s parcel tax known as Measure A on the April 8, 2014 ballot.  After careful analysis of the Fire District’s financial situation and the details of the parcel tax, the Taxpayers Association offers our support of the parcel tax, with reservations. (more…)

Association Annual Meeting on February 27 to Feature San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed

The Sonoma County Taxpayers’ Association annual general membership meeting on February 27 will feature San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed as our keynote speaker.  Mayor Reed will address his 2014 Pension Reform Act and measures he has taken in San Jose to curb skyrocketing employee pension costs.  The Association is also pleased to announce that Sonoma County Board of Supervisors President David Rabbitt is our 2013 Spencer Flournoy Good Government Award recipient and will be honored at the annual meeting.

We’re changing things up a bit from years past.  This year’s annual meeting is a dinner meeting with cocktails starting at 6:00 p.m. and dinner served at 7:00 p.m.  We’ll meet at the Fountaingrove Inn, 101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa.  Cost is $60 for members and their guests; $70 for the general public.  Mayor Reed will attract a large crowd and advance reservations are highly recommended.  Payment can be made by clicking the “donate” icon just to the right of this post.  For registration form, click here.