OC Business Council: “Approve Protection for Anaheim Taxpayers”

Orange County Business Council President and CEO Lucy Dunn published a column in yesterday’s OC Register calling on the Anaheim City Council to vote to place before voters the Anaheim Taxpayer Protection Act proffered by Councilwoman Kris Murray:

Approve protection for Anaheim taxpayers

In the middle of California’s drought, I’m reminded of an old Jewish proverb that says “taxes grow without rain.”

This is important to remember as the Orange County Business Council reviews over 2,300 bills pending out of this session’s state Legislature, many of them new tax proposals and other “revenue enhancements.”

Further, a deluge of potential state ballot measures are now in various stages of planning, trying to develop the “right” message to persuade you to fund, or extend funding, on a whole slew of allegedly righteous projects, plans and programs. “No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session,” said Mark Twain. So true.

To be sure, OCBC does not oppose all taxes. We subscribe to the Orange County Taxpayer Association’s guide that taxes should be fair, understandable, cost-effective and good for the economy.

This clear test is not easily met, however. California is one of the most expensive places in the U.S. to live and do business with a complex system of high taxes and fees. Government at all levels must embrace accountability and conduct a compelling review of proposed taxes before adding more burdens to taxpayers.

Thus, California voters require that a supermajority of two-thirds of the Legislature vote to increase state taxes. This high bar attempts to encourage thoughtful debate, clear support, accountability and helps breakup an otherwise easy momentum toward ever higher taxes.

As comedian Chris Rock famously said, “You don’t pay taxes; they take taxes.”

You can read the rest of the column here.  The City Council is scheduled to take up the Anaheim Taxpayer Protection Act again on April 7.

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