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Welcome!  The San Joaquin County Taxpayers Association is one of the oldest taxpayer organizations in California.  We monitor and report on tax-related matters and other financial issues in San Joaquin County.  Members prepare articles, special reports and written analyses to help local residents understand the background and development of the issues that affect our quality of life.

We educate the public by hosting public forums featuring political candidates, community leaders and elected officials in San Joaquin County.  The SJTA has earned the reputation of being fair and balanced, and the association is instrumental in influencing government through oversight and reporting on key issues.  We invite you to join us as we partner with local government officials through a non-partisan approach to solving problems.

David Renison
SJTA President
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​Stockton's 'MEASURE A' Sales Tax
City administrators made some promises to voters in 2013 and we are monitoring performance. Document updated Sept. 29, 2016

The next Measure A oversight committee meeting will be held on Dec. 7, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. at City Hall Council Chambers.

Items on the agenda will be:
  • The standard reporting items
  • 2015 Measure A Audit Services
  • Discussion of possible sub-committee for drafting Annual Report to Council
  • CAFR Supplemental Display of Measures A&B
  • Updated 10-year 65-35% Projects

Stockton Unified School District is seeking several individuals to fill vacancies and/or replace current oversight committee members for their Measure Q and E Bond proceeds. 
Download the Letter, Fact Sheet and Application here.

San Joaquin County Mosquito Abatement District Trustees
A wide-ranging problem... local and state legislation would stop this unconscionable abuse of taxpayer money!  READ MORE

How high are building permit fees in Stockton?
Build a house in Stockton - OR - build one in Manteca AND one in Lodi for the same cost!  READ MORE
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Stockton's Measure M Sales Tax Increase
Nov. 8, 2016 Ballot Initiative

Here is what you should know about Measure M… history is repeating itself!

As you recall, Measure W, a one-quarter percent sales tax specifically for purposes described by ordinance (038-04CS) and dedicated for Police and Fire personnel and equipment, was approved by Stockton voters on November 2, 2004.  

Like Measure M, it also called for independent audits and oversight by a citizens’ committee. In fact, just prior to the election, The October 6, 2004 Record Editorial said, “There are two provisions in Measure W that ought to reassure skeptical taxpayers. An independent auditor would be hired… and a Citizens’ Oversight Committee also would be established…; with such safeguards, the funds would be spent as designated.” Measure W is part of the City’s tax code and it is here for perpetuity.

First, the citizen oversight committee did not meet for several years in a row. Secondly, when Measure W was passed, it was estimated to provide funding for 45 safety positions. The City is now only at roughly half; and even at that low number, FY 2014-15 shows that Measure W expenditures exceeded revenues by over a half million dollars ($10,060,000 v $9,428,000).

Some years later, Stockton voters passed an additional three-quarter percent sales tax. Just prior to election day, (Oct. 6, 2013) The Record realized the failure of Measure W and had this to say about Measure A, “Voters are understandably worried… (but) we cannot, we must not assume the past is prelude. Just because it happened before does not mean it will happen again. What this city needs now is for Stockton voters to swallow hard, have some faith and pass (Measure A).” 

Keep in mind that Measure A was sold to voters in large part as the solution for Stockton’s understaffed police force. However, Stockton remains far behind in reaching the staffing levels the city projected when the tax took effect.

And now, just three years later, we know that Measure A is not unlike Measure W; both of which come up short of fulfilling promises made by City Hall. With such a history of ‘tax and spend’, it’s hard to believe this City Council’s action in sanctioning Measure M for the 2016 election.

The question is, do you have the appetite for yet another sales tax?

Notably, City Hall promised to use Measure A revenues to restore city services that were cut during bankruptcy; a restoration of services which already include library, recreation and youth programs.  But now, the City is saying that this new tax will provide enhanced community services that it cannot afford as it adheres to its post-bankruptcy budget.  But let’s give Measure A a chance because the money is there.  Not adhering to responsible budgets is what took us into economic ruin.  

As one who sits on the citizen’s commission that oversees Measure A, I know that we are still in the early stages of restoring city services and difficult choices regarding affordability and funding priorities remain. But we cannot afford to abandon sound budgets and the exit strategy that was established during Chapter 9 court proceedings. To avoid another financial meltdown, at a minimum we must adhere to the post-bankruptcy budget plan.

To approve a new tax now is to consent to the same fiscal irresponsibility that caused Stockton’s nosedive to insolvency.

No new taxes should be approved until we are satisfied City Hall can responsibly manage the existing ones. As I said in the beginning, here’s what you should know about Measure M… history is repeating itself. I urge you to vote NO on Measure M.

I say again… history is repeating itself

As I told The Record on May 23, 2016;  "If the shattered promises of Measure W and A aren’t enough to keep you from burdening yourself with further taxation, nothing more can be said."

I urge you to vote NO on Measure M.
David L. Renison, SJTA President

  • Cheats schools out of at least $600 million
  • Fattens insurance company profits
  • Spends over $147 million on overhead