San Joaquin Taxpayers Association
Established in 1949!
WELCOME to the San Joaquin Taxpayers Association!
- Non-partisan organization guarding against unnecessary taxation
- Promoting government efficiency and fiscal responsibility
- Educating the public through commentary, special reports and community forums
- Providing accurate and unbiased information to help citizens and policy makers make informed decisions
"We were skeptical about adopting a tax increase without addressing Stockton's unsustainable pension system." D. Renison, SJTA President
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Civic-minded individuals in the following communities are needed to serve on boards and commissions. Please click for information on how you can serve!
The SJTA asked the State to audit Stockton's Financials
After several months, the State Controller released its Stockton Audits; read the SCO Report here. And we were quite surprised at the City's Response.
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
The Court approves Stockton Bankruptcy Plan
Read the Court's FINDINGS OF FACT here. More recently, one of Stockton's largest creditors voiced opposition to the City's plan. Read the Nov. 18, 2013 Transcript of Court Proceedings here.
SJTA Community Forum
California Senator Mimi Walters was invited to speak on State employee pensions and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Foundation released a new study showing unsustainable numbers. (photos)
San Joaquin County Mosquito District Trustees
Part-time appointed individuals meet only monthly, yet they receive full health benefits! "Bug board's benefits over the top", The Record
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.
SJTA members serve on local Citizens' Oversight Committees (COC)
Responsibilities of a COC here - and we will help you find a place to serve! *Stockton Boards and Commissions Appointments List 2014
California Legislative Information
Daily events, bill information, new laws. Search a pending bill, click subscribe and notices of updates to the bill will be 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.
The SJTA, a non-partisan organization
Need help getting public information?
Download the California Public Records Act guide here.
SJTA Community Forum
Local school district superintendents were invited to speak on current projects, future plans and oversight for their respective voter-approved bond measures. (photos)
Stockton must tackle its Pension Problem
Stockton's Budget Forecast dated May 2013 says the City will again be insolvent in 4 years without adequate employee pension reform. City Budget Forecast
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
A SPEAKER FOR YOUR GROUP!
We have speakers available to talk to your group regarding local governmental and taxpayer issues.
HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Here are some ideas to help you make a difference in your local government.
SJTA Community Forum
The SJTA hosted a forum featuring backers of two plans in the Long Theatre at Stockton's University of the Pacific. The event was designed to help residents understand the differences between the city's Marshall Plan and the proposed Stockton Safe Streets sales tax initiative. View the entire forum here.
STOCKTON'S MEASURE A - Report to the Public
A 3/4-cent sales tax increase passed by 51.8% voter approval in Stockton, CA. on Nov. 5, 2013.
The City made some promises... We will monitor how this money is spent and keep you informed.
Moody's Investors Services warned that Stockton could go bankrupt - again - if it doesn't reduce pensions.
Community Forum, Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Open to the Public - Free of Charge
Candidates for the Office of Sheriff for San Joaquin County
SHERIFF STEVE MOORE and SERGEANT PAT WITHROW