San Joaquin Taxpayers Association

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Community Forum on statewide pension reform
California Senator Mimi Walters was invited to speak at a forum hosted by the San Joaquin Taxpayers Association, where the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Foundation released a new study showing unsustainable numbers.  (photos)
Forum on local school bonds
Local school superintendents spoke about current projects, future plans and oversight for their respective voter-approved bond measures at a forum hosted by the SJTA 
Civic-minded individuals are needed to serve on boards and commissions.  Please click on your area of service!
San Joaquin County Sheriff Candidate Forum 2014  video
Sheriff Steve Moore and Sgt. Pat Withrow fielded questions in a forum hosted by the San Joaquin Taxpayers Association.
The Record 3-26-14    Lodi News-Sentinel 3-26-14    
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
San Joaquin County Supt. of Schools Forum 2014
Apr. 24, 2014.  James Mousalimas, Jeff Tilton and Mike Gillespie answered  questions posed by the SJTA.
The Record      Lodi News-Sentinel
SJTA Endorsement Policy
The San Joaquin County Taxpayers Association is a nonpartisan organization encouraging active participation in government.  We work to influence public policy through education and advocacy.  We do not endorse political candidates.  However, we may take action on a variety of government issues of interest to taxpayers.

San Joaquin County Supervisor Candidate Forum 2014  video
The San Joaquin Taxpayers Association threw questions at two candidates vying for a seat on the County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 11, 2014  The Record    Lodi News
Stockton City Council Candidate Forum 2014  video
Bankruptcy, crime, Measure A, economic development were among the topics in 38 questions presented by the SJTA on Sept. 25, 2014. The Record
Stockton City Council candidates and others face off
On Oct. 1, 2014 - Candidates vying to lead the city into its still-uncertain future faced off in a series of forums hosted by the League of Women Voters.
Click here for video. 
Tracking Stockton's Measure A Tax Initiative
Oversight committee member and SJTA president David Renison tracks a promise and the progress of the sales tax increase here. revised Apr. 9,2016

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 Jail - early release of inmates
Releasing inmates is a matter of public safety and it creates a burden on local taxpayers.  We asked for answers.  A County Supervisor responds to our request here.
Stockton court ruling to exit bankruptcy
"Why is Hogzilla devouring even more money? Because CalPERS hid the true cost of pensions." Michael Fitzgerald - The Record, 2015 

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

Lodi City Council Members' health benefits
The problem was defined; solutions were presented.  But things became worse for Lodi taxpayers in June 2014.  READ MORE
Public forums allow attendees to learn more about a candidate’s focus, role of government and their awareness of various issues.  All of this is related to the candidate’s attitudes regarding the spending of money.
   Nancy Cochran, SJTA Board Member
California State Senator
Local School District Superintendents
Council Members and Civic Leaders
Candidate Debate
Candidate Debate
Candidate Debate
Candidate Debate
We are looking for volunteers with a commitment to serve:
Membership and Fundraising
    Develop support for the organization

School District Bonds
    Study the efficiency of bond dollars

Public Employee Compensation
    Collective bargaining, pensions and benefits

Political Action
    Educate through public forums

City Governments
    Oversight for City Council action

County Administration
    Budgets and committee appointments

Tax Measures
    Evaluate the cost-to-benefit

Promise Tracker
    Track the performance of elected officials
Meet Stockton's mayoral candidates!

    A public forum will be held on May 5, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room of Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Ave. in Stockton. This meeting is open to the public without charge.  The SJTA looks forward to hosting this special event to which all of Stockton’s mayoral candidates are invited. 

    We do not allow verbal questioning  from the audience. However, we do solicit questions from the community prior to the event.  We may also evaluate questions that are submitted in writing during the meeting. Some questions will be general in nature. Others will require more in-depth answers and a candidate's response may lead to a follow up question.  

    Each candidate will present a short opening statement.  SJTA President David Renison will moderate a time of questioning, followed by closing remarks from each candidate. This forum will be video recorded, which may be posted on social media.  Seating is limited.

    We thank the candidates for their willingness to serve the City of Stockton and we look forward to seeing you on May 5th!

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