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Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Wins Court Victory Upholding Two-Thirds Vote for Special Taxes

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Wins Court Victory Upholding Two-Thirds Vote for Special Taxes

  In a victory for taxpayers, the Fresno Superior Court decided in favor of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association today (9/5), ruling that special taxes proposed by a voter initiative are not exempt from the state constitution’s two-thirds vote requirement. At issue was Fresno’s Measure P, a sales tax initiative on the November 2018 ballot that […]

California is not creating jobs fast enough to support tax increases for pensions

California is not creating jobs fast enough to support tax increases for pensions

.. . . by Jon Coupal . On a superficial level, things look pretty good in California. Sure, we have big problems with wildfires and other periodic disasters, but the state’s finances have made a strong recovery since the depths of the recession. Indeed, Gov. Brown has repeatedly touted the multi-billion-dollar surplus and the state’s balanced […]

Important Taxpayer Conference | Save the Date -September 8, 2018

Important Taxpayer Conference | Save the Date -September 8, 2018

  Contribute You are receiving this email because you subscribed on the HJTA website, or you provided your address in response to direct mail.  Please see the bottom of this message to unsubscribe. Save the Date! You’re invited! Join us on Saturday, September 8th, for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association 40th Anniversary Taxpayer Conference, to […]

How to Claim a Refund of Erroneously Charged $75 Recording Taxes

How to Claim a Refund of Erroneously Charged $75 Recording Taxes

On March 13, 2018, the Legislature and the Governor amended the new law that imposed a $75 recording tax (Senate Bill 2). You may have paid this $75 (or multiple $75 charges) to clear your credit because a lien release would not have been recorded without it. You should not have had to pay these […]

Call now to repeal and refund the fire tax!

Call now to repeal and refund the fire tax!

YOUR PHONE CALLS ARE NEEDED NOW: On Wednesday, April 18, the Senate Governance and Finance Committee will hear Senate Bill 1044. HJTA SUPPORTS THIS BILL, which would permanently repeal the State Responsibility Fire Prevention Fee, otherwise known as the fire tax, and clear the way for refunds to everyone who has had to pay this […]

Ventura County Taxpayers Association: Will You Be Able to Afford California Taxes in Ten Years?

Ventura County Taxpayers Association: Will You Be Able to Afford California Taxes in Ten Years?

By Sheryl Hamlin The VCTA Board Chairman Ron Golden welcomed the audience noting three projects VCTA is watching: 1. The Ventura County Medical Center budget. Read here. 2. The Amicus Brief in the California Rule Pension Reform Case. Read here. 3. The Santa Paula Annexation to the Ventura County Fire Department and lack of transparency. […]

Blithering Idiocy : the self-inflicted policies that are destroying California

Blithering Idiocy : the self-inflicted policies that are destroying California

Susan Shelley, VP Communications, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assoiation (HJTA) Susan Shelley is Vice President of Communications for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. She’s also a newspaper columnist and a member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, eleven daily newspapers including the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Daily News. Prior […]

Howard Jarvis Files Lawsuit over Legislature’s Unconstitutional Attempt to Shield Senator from Recall

Howard Jarvis Files Lawsuit over Legislature’s Unconstitutional Attempt to Shield Senator from Recall

Today, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) filed a lawsuit to stop the Legislature’s unconstitutional efforts to undermine the voter-led recall of State Senator Josh Newman. “The Legislature has pulled out all the stops to silence the voice of taxpayers and undermine the people’s right to a fair and democratic process,” stated HJTA President Jon […]

For Tax Raisers, End of Drought Is Bad News

For Tax Raisers, End of Drought Is Bad News

. By Jon Coupal As I write this, it is raining in Sacramento. Pouring, actually. And even though I live about 200 yards from the Sacramento River, I have confidence that the levees within the city limits are in good shape. (As well they should be given that Sacramento’s flood control agency collects millions of […]

Howard Jarvis HJTA — Lowers Boom on City of Ukiah for Deceiving Taxpayers

Howard Jarvis HJTA — Lowers Boom on City of Ukiah for Deceiving Taxpayers

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) has served suit (this week) on the City of Ukiah for using an illegal ballot scheme to persuade voters to approve a new sales tax.   The suit charges the city violated the state constitution when it placed on the ballot both measure Y, raising the sales tax, and […]