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Taxation without representation

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From page A5 | November 26, 2012 | 3 Comments

EDITOR: As a homeowner who chose to live away from the busy chaos of a city I am outraged at this new tax under the guise of AB X1 29 passed in July 2011 by the governor and Assembly for the State of California.

I already pay higher taxes/fees for the choice of where I live. Here’s a brief example: higher property taxes, energy taxes, transfer taxes/fees/bundling costs for PG&E, fuel, building taxes, EID taxes fees, El Dorado County taxes, state and federal taxes, Tank Storage Tax, taxation/surcharges for fuel fees for Waste Management, taxes/fees on goods/food/restaurants/businesses and services, general tax levy, household hazard waste tax, Pollock Pines-Camino Fire Tax, Ambulance w/Slope Tax … as well as my homeowner’s insurance requiring I live within three to five miles of a fire station, plus I have a fire hydrant within blocks of my home and defensible space prior to obtaining homeowners insurance, which in essence is another tax.

It is utterly laughable that anyone believes or trusts the California govemor or Assembly members or SRA will be able to manage this tax for fire prevention benefit, or forest land itself. Living in California I’ve seen how unreasonable and unrealistic the many laws and taxation have become; these are the same individuals who cannot balance a budget for the state of California, have allowed California to obtain the worst credit rating for a state; killing businesses on a daily basis and driving businesses out of Califomia, most recently Campbell Soup and Comcast. These are the same people who have pushed through a bullet train to nowhere against the wishes of the working middle class taxpayers who truly pay their excessive salaries/compensation packages.

Ever stop and ask, Who starts these supposed fires? Let’s start with what I see on my daily commute: Burning objects being thrown from vehicles, chains dragging on cement/asphalt causing sparks, ragged smoking vehicles pulling over onto weed covered easement; these vehicles are not maintained, are hot and are now in dry grass. There is also the faulty worn out gas machinery such as mowers, blowing, highway sweepers/cutters, or chippers. Check your history, most of the fires in the areas where the SRA has voted themselves responsible for, have been started by fire personnel themselves (“controlled burns/or to have a job”), illegal immigrants, Islamofacists, homeless, careless and thoughtless (lost) campers/tourists, PG&E, tree trimmers and a few by Mother Nature.

There are 2 million people out of work if not more. The California governor and Assembly members are overtaxing, overspending and not listening to the working middle class people; they have no clue what it means to have a “real job,” use common sense, be held accountable, live within a budget or what we the people want or need. There is no accountability. We the people voted you in. We the people can vote you out; it seems there is not one politician who has ever done what the people have asked or voted on as the politicians still change the laws even after it has been voted/passed by the people, to the benefit of the politicians.

I request AB X1 29 be repealed and all monies returned to the people who paid it as well as the SRA dismantled, as it is not truly in the interest of the people or the forest. It is another bilk of the public, pocket the money scam brought to us by the SRA, California governor and Assembly members. Follow the money, there is no grounds or evidence the SRA is capable or reliable to protect anything but their own money-grubbing, greedy interest at the expense of the hard-working middle class people who chose to live in or near forest lands.

SHANNON DUKE

Pollock Pines

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  • jpuffertOctober 15, 2012 - 12:22 pm

    You have done great job of listing the problems. How about some of the complainers providing some answers as well. If you know how to run the state, then throw your name in the hat and stop complaining; provide a solution. The fire tax is a pain, a quick and questionable grab at $150 times 825,000 residences billed = $120M. But the sources of fires as you mentioned will still be there and the cost of fighting them keeps getting higher. How would you propose Cal Fire fund fighting more fires each year ? Or should they just stop? PGE is not a tax, but a utility bill for electricity provided from a for profit company. Buy shares and get dividends. EID is not a tax, but a utility bill for water / wastewater services provided by a company mandated by government to be non-profit. REview the last 12 years of certified comprehensive annual audits on their website. Anyone have any viable answers, not just complaints ? Send your solutions to Mr. Moonbeam.

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  • cookie65November 26, 2012 - 5:41 am

    jpuffert, how come the very blue, very dependable overwhelmingly democrat voting areas of the bay area and southern California are not levied an earthquake fee? Is it because earthquakes in highly populated areas don't cause much damage? They don't require first responders, fire, police, ambulance, search and rescue, equipment. Or maybe they are far less costly than loosing a couple of structures and out buildings in a wildlands fire. Anyone who cannot see the political nature of the fire tax should not be allowed to vote. But that would put the dems out of business.

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  • Ken SteersNovember 26, 2012 - 6:43 pm

    Now Cookie, this new Cal Fire tax is a fee for awareness of fires in California and not necessarily used for Cal Fire. You are giving Moon Beam a good idea to charge a earth quake awareness fee. To us rural uneducated to earthquake folks. Cal Fire still provides services to good democrat socialist fearing folks in the valleys. They just don't need no edumacation.

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