Thursday, September 29, 2022

Local taxes increase the attack of Californians

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From 1987 to 2016, when I wrote an unsigned editorial at the Orange County Registry, we made sure to always oppose every local tax increase-including “bonds,” which I call “delayed tax increases” because of that It is the ultimate source of money. Unlike the federal government, local and state governments cannot print money themselves.

Although we sometimes fail, especially when it comes to school bonds, we usually defeat the increased levies. Even if we lose, every local government knows that it will face the challenge of several editorials, and may sign a column to criticize them for attacking taxpayers.

In contrast, the Los Angeles Times supports almost all tax increases before it. The result is that Orange County has lower taxes and is more liveable than Los Angeles.

A new study confirms this (pdf) Written by the California Taxation Foundation, entitled “California Local Taxation Trends: 2010-2010 Voting Measures Election Survey”. The survey found that in the past ten years, the state has increased taxes by $8.82 billion each year. Voters only rejected the $3.17 billion tax increase.

On the positive side, Proposition 13 saves taxpayers US$2.4 billion annually. The tax restrictions in 1978 required two-thirds of voters to approve taxes for special purposes. But if only a majority of votes are required, taxes will increase.

I collected several key things from this research. This is some of my analysis, beyond their data.

Although the study did not subdivide 58 counties, it subdivided seven regions. The Southern California region includes Orange County and its two favorite regions: San Diego County and Inland Empire. These areas are mainly cities, but more conservative and republic than other densely populated areas of the state.

Hotel tax

Consider voter approval for hotel tax, also known as Temporary Occupancy Tax (TOT). These are popular because locals “don’t pay”, only tourists who don’t live there and vote-except for tourists and conference groups that will definitely consider the price. Higher TOT means fewer people not only stay in hotel rooms, but also fewer people visit local restaurants, tourist attractions and shops.

The following is the total number of the seven regions from 2010 to 2020, from the lowest passing rate to the highest passing rate:

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This is a textbook on social fantasy. Los Angeles and the Bay Area, with a pass rate of over 80%, are suffering from homelessness and rising crime rates. They used higher taxes to “solve” this problem to pay for more social projects, but these projects did not work. But taxes make life there more difficult.

At the same time, the situation in the Central Valley and Southern California, where the pass rate is around 50%, is much better.

Utility User Tax

Another favorite taxation place is the Utilities User Tax (UUT). Hey, this is just a user fee. You don’t want your infrastructure to collapse and miss the latest Netflix spree, do you?

This is a breakdown, from lowest pass rate to highest:

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In addition to the abnormal increase in Northern California through all UUTs, when tax increases directly hit voters’ own wallets, the numbers show more reluctance. However, the overall pattern still exists, and Southern California and the Central Valley are less willing to raise taxes than Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

Conclusion: Will it continue?

Next year will bring another election cycle. Taxes and bonds will once again block votes. But will these high pass rates continue?

They may not. Especially after COVID-19 has hit household and business budgets, Californians seem to be more suspicious of taxes and general government. As Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association put it, all tax increases now go to the swelling pensions of retired government workers—that is, those who no longer provide actual services to the public.

As the children return to the classroom, the school district will soon have accurate figures on how many children are now at home school.Educational Resources Report In July, “in the worst period of the pandemic, nearly 35,000 California families submitted an affidavit to the state to open a private home school”, more than double the amount in the previous year.

If attendance declines, public schools will find it difficult to advance tax increases. And it’s also difficult to convince homeschooling families to support tax increases on services they don’t even see.

John Sayler

John Sayler is a senior California opinion writer. He has written editorials for the “Orange County Chronicle” for nearly 30 years. He is a U.S. Army veteran and the former press secretary of California Senator John Murrak. His blog address is johnseiler@substack.com

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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