CO$T (Coalition of Sensible Taxpayers) is a new taxpayer advocate group in Marin County. It grew out of County residents increasing frustration with the never-ending incremental increases in parcel taxes and fees. Its position is it is not against all tax increases, but most proposed increases are a reflection of poor quality planning and governance.
The ever-increasing level of taxation in Marin has financially stressed Marin’s middle-class residents to a point where relocating is increasingly a sensible option. CO$T’s aim is to put the brakes on local and regional agencies that continue to perceive residents as an ATM machine to fund “would be nice to have” projects instead of infrastructure upgrades that maintain the quality of life such as local and County roads.
As part of CO$T’s efforts to educate and make taxpayers aware of what is coming in proposed regional and local taxes, CO$T presents periodicTaxpayer Forums where experts describe and explain what may happen and the consequences of direct and indirect proposed tax increases.
As part of this on-gong effort CO$T is conducting its next Taxpayer Forum on Thursday October 19th at the Corte Madera Community Center. There is no charge but a donation would be appreciated.
The featured speaker is Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, who is eminently qualified to provide residents with grassroots perspective on current governmental agency and legislative strategies to extract increased taxes from the Marin community.
Of particular interest to homeowners is the current State Legislature’s assault on Proposition 13 that limits annual property tax increases. The current government strategy is to fund operating and maintenance expenses through carefully stage-managed increases in property taxes, use taxes and inflated administrative fees. The repeal of Prop 13 is the “pot of gold” at the end of the rainbow for ambitious “tax and spend” politicians.
Parking for the event is easy and free.
Election Positions; Sensible Tax Principles; October 19 CO$T Taxpayer Forum
We’ve been very busy at CO$T. It’s election season in some Marin districts. And we’re also gearing up for our big fall CO$T Taxpayer Forum public meeting on October 19. Please see reminder and full deltails below.
On the election front, CO$T has taken the following positions (click on links for details):
- NO on Measure E (Flood Zone 1 Novato parcel tax)
- YES on Measure B (Larkspur Essential services tax)
- No on Measure A (Lagunitas School District parcel tax — together with district residents, we co-authored the Rebuttal to the Argument For Measure A)
We’ve also laid down some markers, “CO$T’s Sensible Tax Principles“, to guide taxpayers and our public officials as they consider new taxes and fees. We’re optimistic this will have a positive effect.
You can make a difference by being educated, informed, and VISIBLE. Your participation sends a message. We hope you will join us on October 19, at CO$T’s Taxpayer Forum with Jon Coupal. Read on, and sign up!
CO$T Forum on TAXES – October 19
Coalition of Sensible Taxpayers’ (CO$T) Public Event
Guest Speaker: Jon Coupal
President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
California’s Preeminent Taxpayer Rights Advocate
Tax Tsunami Sparking A New CA Taxpayer Revolt?
WHAT: Thursday October 19, CO$T presents a special opportunity to hear Jon Coupal, President of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
WHY: As the 40th anniversary of Howard Jarvis’ Proposition 13 approaches, another taxpayer revolt is brewing. A tsunami of recently-enacted tax-hiking CA bills and a game-changing court decision are about to drive your taxes and fees even higher. Jon Coupal is in the thick of all this, spearheading taxpayer rights efforts and legal challenges. Find out what happens next… and what you can do.
WHERE: Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera
WHEN: Thursday, October 19, 2017
* 6:30 pm – Doors Open *
* 7:00 pm Meeting Starts *
* 8:30 pm Adjourn*
* Same day registrants: Please sign in by 6:40PM *
DONATION: Suggested donation: $15. Give what you can afford. No one turned away.
PRE-REGISTER HERE: Skip the registration line at this popular event!
Early registrants entered in raffle prize drawing.