Too many cities in the west Orange County area have extra local city taxes/fees on residential property, commercial property, utilities, television programming, telephones, cell phones, sewer, trash, sales taxes, and the list goes on. And much of this was without a vote of the people. It's time for this to stop.
We all want an effective public education system for our children and support greater funding to get there. Unfortunately, more school bonds and parcel taxes are not the answer. School bonds and parcel taxes do not add teachers, will not reduce class size, and will not guarantee education will be improved. Let's all keep an eye on the agendas of the following:
A school bond works like a government credit card with high interest rates and paying off that government credit card requires raising your parcel taxes. Here is what another school bond means to you:
- Renters will see higher rent as landlords pass on the costs of higher taxes.
- Homeowners will pay more taxes.
- Struggling mom and pop businesses will pay higher rent as landlords pass on the costs of higher taxes.
- Customers will see higher prices as businesses pass on the costs of higher taxes.
Previous school bonds and declining student enrollment has not solved the class size or overcrowding problems. More school bond debt is not the answer. Because we allowed them to pass in the past now they want more. This has got to stop.
Look, we have approved too many school bonds in our area already:
- AUHSD 2002 $132,000,000
- AUHSD 2014 $249,000,000
- NOCCD 2002 $239,000,000
- NOCCD 2014 $574,000,000
- Anaheim Elementary $318,000,000
- Cypress Elementary $53,600,000
- Centralia Elementary $49,000,000
- Magnolia Elementary $16,300,000
- Savanna Elementary $28,750,000
Without Prop 13 your property taxes go up, home values down, apartment rents go up, mobile home rents go up, etc. This is obvious. Well, same goes when you increase taxes on your own property, right? Without Prop 13 people were getting taxed right out of their homes and these days apartment renters are getting pushed out to the streets with higher rents. Don't tax yourself any more.
Think about it. Would you go out of your way to shop in a city or county that has high sales tax or would you avoid it if you can? Well of course you would avoid it. High taxes and high fees make businesses increase their prices which push shoppers elsewhere leading to less than expected revenue. Our City Council thinks that if they keep taxing us more and more then they will get more tax money but this is just leading us to more and more taxes and more increased fees.
Look, the city’s finances are not your problem. Bottom line is that our City Council spent beyond their means again. Giving them more of your money is not going to solve their spending problem.
West Orange County Taxpayers Association