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Constitutional amendments

By From page A5 | June 30, 2014

EDITOR:

If you have been watching our hard-working, for the people, Senate and Legislature, you might have noticed that there are four bills being pushed through the Senate proposing constitutional amendments. These constitutional amendments have the very best interest of property owners at heart.

If passed they would lower the percentage of 66 2/3 percent to 55 percent to pass new property taxes. This would nullify Proposition 13 requirements as they are now.

These wonderful, self-serving politicians would like to see us at No. 1 in another category. Right now, we have the highest state income tax, the highest sales tax, and in June possibly the highest gas tax in America. So, why not make it a foursome and go for the highest property taxes also?

Personally, I think it is the time to push for our own constitutional amendment. The object of that amendment being that the same governing bodies meet every two years for three months to set the budget and conduct required state business, like the state of Texas has done.

Think of the potential savings to us. A huge reduction in salaries reduced per diem, the end of expensive conventions, less gas and electric consumption, fewer state cars. But, the best of all is that we will not be paying these people to sell us down the road.

If we could pass our own amendment, then politicians wouldn’t be able to sit in their seats and plan new ways to re-distribute income, impede business and destroy jobs. Wouldn’t that be a nice change? The politicians would also have to work for a living instead of living off of our hard work and sacrifices.

We should not be paying our earned and in-short-supply money, which will be made even worse by Obamacare, for things like doctors who cannot be doctors due to problem, but because of tenure they are allowed to keep their six-figure job (Jamestown Prison) and pass out donuts to prisoners for their same wage. Or state agencies that hide millions of dollars and now want to raise park fees. Is there no shame?

If you are a property owner, contact your representatives and tell them to vote no on these constitutional amendments (No. 3, No. 4, No. 7 and No. 11). Otherwise, they might have a shortened political career. Tell them to pass a constitutional amendment to change their time in sessions, the Legislature and Senate to spend three months in session every two years. That request and four dollars might buy you a gallon of gas.

We have another year to wait before we can give the Politicians their pink slips.

BRIAN DeBERRY
Placerville

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