San Joaquin Taxpayers Association
Established in 1949!
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.
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.
San Joaquin County Supt. of Schools Forum 2014
Apr. 24, 2014. James Mousalimas, Jeff Tilton and Mike Gillespie answered questions posed by the SJTA.
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.
Kudos to these local officials
and community leaders!
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.
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's Measure A
The City of Stockton pledged to its citizen taxpayers to reach a level of crime prevention and police staffing when it campaigned for Measure A. We are tracking the progress of those promises, including that of hiring an additional 120 police officers. Check out the latest developments and the Measure A Budget here.
State of the County
"The Board will continue to research best practices to strengthen our policies addressing conduct, ethics, processes and oversight... to provide the highest level of accountability to our residents." READ MORE
Kathy Miller, SJC Board of Supervisors Chairwoman
Stockton bankruptcy confirmation
"We were skeptical about adopting a tax increase without addressing Stockton's unsustainable pension system." SJTA President David Renison
Wall Street Journal, 2014
CalPERS bullied its way about in Stockton's bankruptcy case with an iron fist insisting that it and the municipal pensions it services are inviolable. The bully may have an iron fist, but it also terms out to have a glass jaw. READ MORE
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
The court's ruling is only a fragile new beginning for Stockton. City Hall must change the way it does business. An approval of the Plan of Adjustment does nothing to the budget forecast and responsible modifications must still be made to unsustainable pensions or the city will soon return to insolvency.
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 his/her awareness of various issues of concern. All of this is related to the candidate’s attitudes regarding the spending of money.
Nancy Cochran, SJTA Board Member
STATEWIDE PENSION REFORM
California State Senator
SCHOOL BOND MEASURES
Local School District Superintendents
STOCKTON SALES TAX - MEASURE A
Council Members and Civic Leaders
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY SHERIFF
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION
STOCKTON CITY COUNCIL
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY SUPERVISOR
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
Educate through public forums
Oversight for City Council action
Budgets and committee appointments
Evaluate the cost-to-benefit
Track the performance of elected officials
Watch for announcements of upcoming forums and candidate debates hosted by the San Joaquin Taxpayers Association!
We appreciate your financial support!