San Joaquin Taxpayers Association
Established in 1949!
School Districts in San Joaquin County
The SJTA prepared a Comparison on Classroom Time / Salary comparison of the four largest districts in San Joaquin County SJTA Report
SJTA Community Forum
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) We ask, '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. Serve on a local Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC) Responsibilities of a COC here - We will help you find a place to serve!
California Legislative Information
Daily events, bill information, new laws. Search a pending bill and get updates to the bill e-mailed to you!
School Bond Primer
A bond is essentially a tax and the cost is usually divided based on the value of your home. More info here.
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SJTA Community Forum
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
SJTA President David Renison delivered a letter to The Honorable Christopher M. Klein outlining the impact of employee pension costs in Stockton and providing workable solutions.
Filed Apr. 3, 2014, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Case 12-32118
Judge Klein, "I might very well conclude the CalPERS contract would be rejected and the $1.5B lien against Stockton is not enforceable".
Stockton Building Permit Fees
Stockton's building permit fees are nearly 40% higher than the average of other San Joaquin cities; even higher than some cities in Solano and Sacramento counties - comparison study
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a work in progress as we stay focused on its purpose
- A 3/4-cent sales tax increase and the City's promise to fund 120 additional police officers by April 1, 2017
Citizens' Oversight Committee Meeting May 20, 2014 - agenda packet Citizens' Oversight Committee Meeting July 15, 2014 - agenda packet
The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 23, 2014 at City Hall
FIGHT THE BITE - Local findings are repetitive statewide
San Joaquin County Mosquito Abatement District Trustees voted huge benefits for themselves in 2009. District trustees meet monthly, for which they receive a reasonable stipend. But it is unconscionable for part-time, non-elected individuals who are appointed to community service to expect us to pay for their health coverage, and that of their families. Read the full report here.
The Cost of Lodi City Council
If health and retirement benefits are considered by a candidate in serving this community, we will most likely be represented by the wrong person. Lodi News, Mar. 1, 2014 Editorial offers some suggestions and calls for the council's true bosses, the taxpayers, to cast the critical eye on spending.
SJTA Community Forum
Office of San Joaquin County Sheriff
Sheriff Steve Moore and Sgt. Pat Withrow fielded questions in a forum hosted by the San Joaquin Taxpayers Association.
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.
Public employee Salaries and Benefits
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SJTA Community Forum
SJ County Office of Education, Superintendent of Schools
The SJTA hosted a forum in Stockton on Apr. 24, 2014. James Mousalimas, Jeff Tilton and Mike Gillespie answered wide-ranging questions on fiscal accountability, truancy, curriculum and other issues of interest. SJTA Brochure - download (pdf) print 2-sided
SJTA Endorsement Policy:
The San Joaquin County Taxpayers Association, a nonpartisan organization, encourages informed and active participation in government. We work to influence public policy through education and advocacy, but we do not support or oppose any political party or any candidate. We may, however, take action on selected government issues in the public interest.
Candidates for schools chief face off at SJTA forum
Budget myopia more like dystopia for California cities
San Joaquin County Sheriff candidates fielded questions from the public at SJTA forum
- The Record / Mar. 26, 2014 (see headline and video links above)
“Statewide pension reform initiatives have been torpedoed.” SJTA President David Renison
Health coverage for Mosquito District trustees is an “outrageous betrayal of public trust.” Bug board’s benefits over the top
“We were skeptical about adopting a tax increase without addressing Stockton’s unsustainable pension system.” David Renison
SJTA opposes sales tax increase
“State audit findings are valuable to us going forward.” SJTA President David Renison
SJTA president, “We want to be seen as truly nonpartisan.”
SJTA hosts a forum featuring backers of two plans at University of the Pacific in Stockton
School Superintendents to appear at taxpayer forum
Gravy train spotting
Pension reform was focus of SJTA forum
SJTA forum: Study finds state workers’ benefits grow 3 times faster than private sector
Should school trustees receive benefits? “…benefits are hidden from the public.”
SJTA comments on Stockton’s decision to enter bankruptcy
Taxpayer group hosts sheriff, ex-lawmaker, and port director
Stockton gorged on debt for city amenities before crash “Leaders were dazzled by rosy predictions”, SJTA Pres. David Renison
School district payback was brought to light by the SJTA
State Controller said the SJTA pushed for the Stockton audit
San Joaquin County Supervisor CARLOS VILLAPUDUA
For proposing and obtaining consensus from the Board to set the amount of supplemental funding for outside agencies back to zero at the start of the next budget process. Regardless of funding in the past, all the agencies will have to make the case about what they do and why the county should have to pay for it. 6-26-2014, The Record
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Lodi City Council
Health benefits for council members
The problem was defined and solutions were presented in March 2014. But the matter became worse for Lodi taxpayers on June 18, 2014. SJTA Report