JUST SAY NO TO MEASURE A IN CHULA VISTA
59 SIERRA Way
APRIL 1, 2018
Russ Hall, Chairperson
Paula Whitsell, Co-Chairperson
JUST SAY NO TO ANOTHER SALES TAX IN CHULA VISTA
-Keep your hard-earned money in your pocket; Just Say No to anymore taxes in Chula Vista
-Do you trust Chula Vista politicians to spend our tax dollars for an “intended” purpose?
- If Measure A is for public safety, it should be clearly written for that use in the law
Another sales tax increase that hurts the poor and businesses the most, is set to be on the ballot in Chula Vista this June 2018. Just say no to more taxes! Chula Vistans are already overtaxed!
This proposed increase will tie Chula Vista to have the highest tax rate in the county. Also, Chula Vista sales tax revenues rank amongst the lowest in the county. Don’t take the bait that this tax is going to pay for more police officers and firefighters. The City wants taxpayers to believe they will spend this new multi-million-dollar fund to pay for more public safety staff. In fact, they will have the authority to spend this money any way they want.
The Just Say No campaign is a group of concerned and dedicated volunteers fighting to stop more tax increases in Chula Vista. The volunteers are a cohort of residents from across the City working to ensure the voters of Chula Vista understand the truth behind Measure A for the June 2018 ballot.
Russ Hall, President of the 2018 Chula Vista Just Say No Campaign, says “I believe strongly the City is intentionally being deceptive in their stated purpose to get residents to vote for more taxes because they drafted the resolution to state, “this money is intended for public safety, but will be placed in the general fund.” Hall also points out, “the key deceptive word is “intended”. “Perhaps this Council “intends” to use new tax funds for certain public safety purposes, but they and future City Councils can allocate general fund dollars for any city service they choose, including pay raises for staff.”
Some key facts outlined by the Chula Vista Just Say No Committee include:
1) Sales taxes are regressive and impact the lowest income residents the hardest. Approximately 35,000 Chula Vistans are at the poverty level, and 19,000 residents are on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) fixed incomes. (*US Census Stats)
2) From 2007 through 2018, over $73 million has been spent on public safety overtime, for both the police and fire departments. The City has failed to protect our citizens by managing the funds properly and using overtime funds to hire permanent staff.
3) Only 2% of calls to the Fire Department are for fires. 68% of the calls are for medical aid, and approximately 30% are for non-medical, non-fire matters. Why does our city spend tens of millions of dollars on firefighters, fire engines and fire houses for fires that never happen?
The Chula Vista Just Say No Campaign encourages all voters to vote No on Measure A in June 2018. Keep the money in your pocket. Don’t give in to politician’s desires of “give us more money, and we’ll make you safer”.
Chula Vista doesn’t have a revenue problem. Chula Vista has a spending problem.