Wednesday, April 16, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Are California taxes high?

EDITOR:

According to the Tax Foundation, Californian taxes are high compared to other states. We are number one in sales tax at 7.25 percent. This doesn’t include the local sales taxes we pay or the 1 percent retail sales tax on lumber products that goes into effect on January 1, 2013. We only rank second highest tax for income tax. The rates are 9.3 percent for income over $48,029. When income reaches one million, the rate is 10.3 percent. You would think that we would be close to the bottom of the states for residential property taxes because of Proposition 13. But no, we have the tenth highest property tax of all 50 states. Only nine states have higher property taxes then we do. And that doesn’t include our tax like fees and direct charges such as rural fire prevention, ambulance and solid waste.

For the last 10 years we have a net-migration of 1.2 million residents. Our taxes and regulatory overkill are blamed for much of the fleeing from our State. According to the O.C. Register, the results are $29.4 billion in lost economic production. This decrease in economic production reduced our tax revenue by about $2.9 billion for the decade. Those lost tax revenues represent about 33 percent of the $8.5 billion that Govenor Brown’s tax increase will bring to our coffers.

According to S.F. Gate, our unemployment rate is 10.6 percent. Only two states, Nevada and Rhode Island, have a higher unemployment rate than we do. So the question is do higher taxes mean more prosperity or more migration of people and treasury, and higher unemployment?

DEANNA WISE
Placerville

Letters to the Editor

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 3 comments

  • cookie65October 12, 2012 - 5:50 am

    We also pay the third highest gas tax in the nation(for over 40 years) with more cars than most other states combined while we enjoy the worst road in the country. By the time they pay for the healthcare and pensions there isn't much left over for the roads. It is like bailing out the Titanic with a dixie cup.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • William HeymanOctober 12, 2012 - 8:45 pm

    Now you've done it! The politicians will now put a five cents return fee on Dixie cups.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Ken SteersOctober 13, 2012 - 7:45 am

    I'm willing to bet that people like Deanna, Cookie and myself wouldn't mind paying the high taxes if we had the utopia we used to live in decades ago. I'm asking why are we not getting what we pay for? Shouldn't the Government's top priority be service to the people? I'm willing to pay twice as much taxes if California would instill accountability into government.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

News

EDH Fire Dept. annexing Latrobe

By Noel Stack | From Page: A1, 7 Comments

 
Motorcycle fatality in Greenwood

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

 
Greenwood School being restored

By Rebecca Murphy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Cal Fire increasing staffing, hiring

By Cal Fire | From Page: B1

 
EID restricts watering days

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A1, 10 Comments

Lover’s Leap fall injures man

By Tahoe Tribune | From Page: A1

 
Tea Party meeting April 17

By Tea Party Patriots Of El Dorado Hills | From Page: A3, 45 Comments

 
Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking May 1

By El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition | From Page: A6

Floating body not a body

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A7

 
Old mill a goner

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A11, 11 Comments | Gallery

.

Letters

A great big thanks

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Murder? Suicide?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 6 Comments

‘Drive Clean’

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 3 Comments

 
Middle class getting poorer?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 45 Comments

Real estate lies

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 7 Comments

 
.

Sports

Outside with Charlie: Switch gear

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A8

 
Ponderosa volleyball is a family affair

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Aussie team makes visit

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A8

 
Griz have challenging day

By Mike Bush | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Roundup: April 15, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
.

Prospecting

At a glance: Take aim on fun

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

 
Men to walk a mile in her shoes

By Center For Violence-Free Relationships | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Runners stampede for Sugarloaf scholarships

By El Dorado County Office of Education | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Team works to fight disease

By Placerville Kiwanis | From Page: B3

 
COOL School is accepting applications

By Rescue Union | From Page: B4

Band of Miwoks fund mission

By Shingle Springs Band Of Miwok Indians | From Page: B12

 
.

Essentials

Crime Log: March 25-27

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
Weather stats 4-15-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

.

Obituaries

Ronald Russell Rohrer

By Contributor | From Page: A2, 2 Comments

 
Numa Edward “Ed” Roberts

By Contributor | From Page: A2

.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A10

 
Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A10

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A10

 
Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Horoscope, Thursday, April 17, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

 
Horoscope, Wednesday, April 16, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A10

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Flying McCoys

By Contributor | From Page: A10

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A10