Media Advisory April 1, 2018

JUST SAY NO TO MEASURE A IN CHULA VISTA

JUST SAY NO TO MEASURE A IN CHULA VISTA


59 SIERRA  Way

Chula  Vista, California 91911

MEDIA ADVISORY

APRIL 1, 2018    


Contact: 

Russ Hall,  Chairperson

 (619) 742-8365

 Paula Whitsell, Co-Chairperson  

(619)  852-1010


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.


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