This was an April open letter to the State Board of Equalization.
I am a WWII veteran along with five of my older brothers. I have been retired for several years. I have thus far been able to be self-sufficient. This means that I receive no special governmental assistance of any kind. I do strictly prefer it to be this way. It also means that I live on a somewhat fixed income.
I am enclosing my check (under protest for the third time) for the current Cal Fire Tax. The only difference this time is that I see an incremental increase. Again somewhere in the government hierarchy a decision that I must adjust my lifestyle downward in order to accommodate this questionable increase as well as the original tax, which apparently has been imposed by governmental fiat.
Again this leads me to question why our public services should impose a reduction of my lifestyle whereas our bureaucratic responsibilities remain at the same level. My ancestors came to found this country because of an untenable tax situation. I do not have any other place I wish to go, therefore I believe that it is imperative that we must begin to work toward lowering our taxes and increasing public services efficiency instead of simply increasing the public tax burden in order to maintain the same level and quality of services.
GEORGE L. OLIVER