San Joaquin Taxpayers Association
Established in 1949!
The San Joaquin Taxpayers Association (SJTA) is a non-partisan organization guarding against unnecessary taxation and promoting government efficiency. We advocate for local taxpayers by monitoring and reporting on fiscal responsibility.
We educate the public through commentary, special reports and community forums. We provide accurate and unbiased information for citizens and help policy makers make informed decisions.
Stockton's Measure A: A 3/4-cent sales tax increase passed by 51.8% voter approval in Stockton, CA. on Nov. 5, 2013.
Stockton residents weighed in on what they believe is right for the City. Now we all have a responsibility to carefully monitor how the new tax dollars will be spent. Although the SJTA was not successful in its opposition to this "general fund" tax hike, our role of educating the community was beneficial for the overall process. We wanted to get more residents to participate in local government and I believe we did. Stockton now has the highest sales tax allowed by law and the SJTA's watchdog role is more crucial than ever before. My sincere thanks to everyone who has worked to give a voice to local taxpayers. Finding Solutions for Stockton
David Renison, SJTA President
"We were skeptical about adopting a tax increase without addressing Stockton's unsustainable pension system"
SJTA: 'We want to be seen as truly non-partisan'
Classroom Time / Salary comparison for four school districts in San Joaquin County - SJTA Report Mosquito District Trustees receive health benefits typically reserved for full-time employees - SJTA Report
Stockton Bankruptcy Ruling:
Read the court's FINDINGS OF FACT
Stockton went broke as quarter of workers earned more than $100k
SJTA hosts Community Forum on School Bonds; Superintendents discuss district bonds - Mar. 7, 2013 (photos) SJTA hosts Community Forum on Public Pension Reform; California Senator Mimi Walters speaks - Oct. 17, 2012 (photos)
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How are my tax dollars being spent and what do I get in return?
Our form of government relies heavily upon the involvement of its citizens. Contact your elected officials on a regular basis. Address them appropriately, practice honest communication, let them know what is expected of them, develop interpersonal relationships and tell them that you value their efforts.
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SJTA members serve on local Bond Oversight Committees (BOC)
Responsibilities of a BOC here - and we will help you find a place to serve!
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School Bond Primer
A bond is essentially a tax and the cost is usually divided based on the value of your home - info here Stockton building permit fees are nearly 40% higher than average of other San Joaquin cities - comparison study Stockton cannot return to long-term solvency with pension problem unsolved City Budget Forecast, May 2013
A and B came to be thanks to money. Despite out-spending the opposition (8 to 1), proponents of Stockton's tax hike passed by a slim margin.
"It was surprising to see so many business people who would usually oppose higher taxation turn pro-tax."