(From Press Release) – The Yolo County Taxpayers’ Association at its September meeting voted unanimously to oppose Measure H in Davis. “Asking only Davis residents that own property to commit to pay $4,960 at $620 per year for eight years in new parcel taxes is unreasonable. Those who have voted for these parcel taxes in the past need to realize that voting YES on Measure H is a new expensive tax; it is a self-inflicting debt of $4,960 dollars.” said John Hoover, President of the Yolo County Taxpayers’ Association.
“All of us are supportive of schools and we do that through our income taxes, property taxes and the newly approved California Proposition 30. The state shortfalls are over. There is no justification for additional parcel taxes which are paid only by some of the city. People need to realize not only how much they pay a year but how much money they will pay in total. Voters need to understand clearly that a YES vote means homeowners will pay a minimum of $4,960 over eight years. The parcel taxes of Measure H are like a variable interest loan. If you vote YES you are acquiring a debt of $4,960 to be paid at $620 per year plus a variable amount each year for cost of living increases for the next eight years. This is too much for too long and hurts taxpayers” continued Hoover.
It is unfair because these parcel taxes are imposed only on those who own homes – they foot the bill for everybody else. Measure H exempts out of town residents, temporary residents who send their students to Davis schools but do not pay any parcel taxes. It exempts seniors who do not have to pay but they can vote and make the rest pay these parcel taxes. This amounts to “representation without taxation”, it is unethical and yet it is a provision of Measure H. The same is true for those who do not own property but vote YES — they free themselves from paying but use the power of the vote to make someone else pay.
“The Yolo County Taxpayers’ Association joins the campaign of NO on H and stands behind the principles of fair taxation, support for schools but not abuse of the taxpayers and unethical tactics.” said John Hoover, President of the Yolo County Taxpayers’ Association.