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Stanton City

Vote YES on Measure QQ and RR

We have to stop the City Council from increasing our taxes and fees year after year after year! Other cities do not have the tax increases that we do. We need to stop the increases and Save Our Stanton! Vote YES on QQ and RR!




Kevin Carr

Yes Measure QQ and RR

Stanton Local Taxes
Remember in June of 2012 when our council members tried to tax our television programming and increase our cellphone tax, home phone tax, water tax, electricity tax and other utility taxes by 50%? Remember they closed 2 of our parks and warned us about dire consequences if we didn’t vote in favor of that tax (measure J), blah, blah, blah…

Well , we voted down Measure J, our parks opened back up,  violent crime went down, the city’s hiring freeze appears to have thawed out and the average household saved about $200 in about 2 years thanks to your “no” vote on the tax increase. Now we have to repeal the sales tax by voting YES on Measure QQ. "SOS" Save Our Stanton and vote YES on the Stanton Sales Tax Repeal. Yes on Measure QQ!



Stanton Assets Increase
It was recently reported in the OC Register that Stanton was moving properties between agencies.  The list of parcels included two plots on Katella Ave. an office building on Katella, the 12.75 acre parcel that we bought a couple of years ago on Western, a parcel on Pacific Ave. and the city yard. Let’s not forget all the other properties that our city acquired.  Why does our city council keep over-taxing us, buying up properties with our money and telling us that we have no money then tax us more?

Vote YES on QQ!
Top Reasons To Repeal The Stanton 1% Sales Tax.
Vote Yes on Measure QQ and RR


For the first time (and probably the last time) in your lifetime you get the opportunity to repeal a tax. Vote to repeal the Stanton sales tax. Vote YES on Measure QQ and RR.

Ask yourself, “Why doesn’t nearby Midway city, Rossmoor, and surrounding unincorporated islands have all the extra taxes for ‘safety services’ like Stanton does”? We all use the same Sheriff and Fire service.

Stanton Residents are charged 6 extra taxes for “safety services” already: Stanton Utility Tax on electricity, water, natural gas, cellphone, home phone, and a protective service fee. We have been paying these extra taxes for over 24 years! Where did all this money go? We don’t need another extra tax.

Don’t get fooled by City Hall again. The Stanton Sales Tax is a general tax that goes into the general fund and is not used specifically for safety. Your money is really being spent to pay for city employee retirements and high $150,000 plus compensation packages for city workers and in one case $230,000 a year! Go to http://publicpay.ca.gov and see for yourself. Stanton Residents may have been fooled into voting in favor of extra taxes but we didn’t vote on having them misspend our money.

Nobody wants another extra tax. 2014 had a very low voter turnout. Less than 7% of Stanton residents voted in favor of the sales tax in 2014 but all of us residents have to pay it. Less than 7 percent!

Stanton Residents are charged 6 extra taxes for “safety services” already: Stanton Utility Tax on electricity, water, natural gas, cellphone, home phone, and a protective service fee.

Stanton has been acquiring properties such as a small strip mall, strawberry field, commercial properties, residential properties, etc. when they claim to be poor? This adds up to over 60 properties around the city.

In 2012 we voted down Measure J, the huge Stanton utility tax increase, and in 2013 and 2014 crime came down. We don’t need more taxes or the sales tax.

Stanton is run by 5 Council Members. 3 live on the same street and most have been on the council for nearly 20 years or more! They have manipulated the system for over a generation. Look how they mislead the public with this ballot title that Stanton Residents will vote on: “Eliminate Funding for Stanton 9-1-1 Public Safety and Essential Services Protection Measure”!

The Stanton sales tax is a general tax that goes into the general fund and there is no guarantee or requirement that any of this tax goes to safety services.

City Hall cannot be trusted with more of our money. Sorry but there is no real fiscal transparency. City Hall just spent more than $24 million over the past few years on parks but this huge expenditure is mysteriously missing from the Stanton budget. Go to the Stanton website and try to find it in the budget. And the huge pensions for our city and safety service workers are missing too! Go look for yourself. Tens of millions of our dollars unaccounted for.

Besides, City Hall has plenty of money already. Did you know that Stanton has been acquiring properties such as small strip mall, strawberry field, commercial properties, residential properties, etc. when they claim to be poor? This adds up to over 60 properties around the city. I thought we were told for years that the city had no money?

This tax negatively affects working families, the poor, the financially disadvantaged, and seniors on fixed incomes the most. The average Stanton household earns less than $46,000 a year and in many cases has multiple bread winners.

More taxes for “safety services” is the same old tired story that we were told back in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The same story in 1997, the early 2000’s, 2012, and 2014 too. Remember, ask yourself, “Why doesn’t nearby Midway city, Rossmoor, and surrounding unincorporated islands have all these extra taxes for ‘safety services’ like Stanton does”?

Well, finally, for the first time (and probably the last time) in your lifetime you get the opportunity to repeal a tax. Stop letting them rip you off. Stop paying for their misspending. Vote out this tax. Vote YES to repeal. Vote yes on Measure QQ.


City of Stanton
Did you notice that our local sewer fee went up by almost 20% in 2012? It went up 24% the year before as well. Did we get to vote on this fee (tax) increase?




EXTRA Local Stanton Taxes/fees: Electricity, water, gas, home phone (ATT or cable), each cellphone, excess trash fee, cable TV franchise fee, electricity franchise fees, Stanton sales tax on purchases (gas for cars, clothing, soda, taxable food, dinning/fast food, Home Depot...), lighting and landscaping fee, protective service fee, city sewer fee...

How much do all of these local taxes cost you every year?

Nearby unincorporated Midway city and surrounding unincorporated islands have the same safety services as Stanton but do not have these extra taxes so why do we?




city of stanton
A family of 5 is paying about $300 in utility taxes every year for cellphones, electricity, water, home phones and natural gas. $300!

city of stanton utility tax

Why is there a Stanton Utility Tax on our cellphones? How much is this tax costing your household every month? How about every year?

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Tustin residents pay $16.28 for 3-can pickup from CR&R so why did our Stanton Council vote to raise our fee then finally bring it to $19.95 a month for only two cans? We should be paying $11.90 a month for 3 cans like the residents of nearby Los Alamitos.

Employee Name Job Title Total Pay & Benefits
James Box Administration (City Manager) $233,515
Omar Dadabhoy Community Development Director $188,168
Allan Rigg Public Works Director $173,925
Julie Roman Community Services Director $168,753
Stephen Parker Administrative Services Director $163,362
Dulce Courtney Accounting Manager $125,896
Keith Gifford Code Enforcement Supervisor $101,135
Kelly Hart Associate Planner $99,276


Source: Transparent California
http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2015/stanton
(Oh, don’t forget the many holidays, Christmas break, Thanksgiving break, vacation time, etc.)

Fee Increase Again:
Did everyone notice the sewer fee increase in their recent property tax bill? Yep, this local tax went up again without the vote of the people. Isn’t it odd that council members can tell us during election years that they won't raise taxes without the vote of the people then once they get elected they raise the sewer fee without the vote of the people?  It is a good thing that our city council was required by law to allow us to vote on the utility tax increase last year otherwise they would just keep increasing it without the vote of the people. Side note: The county sewer fee went up as well and we didn't get to vote on that one either. Look at your property tax bill and see for yourself.



 

city of stanton utility tax

Yep, you guess it. Our City's Utility Users Tax in on our cell phones. When did cell phones become a utility?
Mayor Al Ethans
Stanton
7800 Katella Ave.
Stanton, CA 90680


Mayor Ethans:


Los Alamitos residents have 3 trash bins and they pay about $11.90 a month. The OC Register pointed out last year that Stanton trash rates are the second highest in the county. To vote in favor of a fee increase is unimaginable. I mean, why would anyone vote in favor of paying twice as much for something and get one-third the service?

Consider using a trash company that doesn't have the highest price in the county that offers the lowest service.

Sincerely,

Kevin Carr


12 Days Of December
Date: 12-2-2013
Last year City Hall was only open 12 days during December. It must be nice to work only 12 days and get paid for the whole month. Looking at the calendar is appears that City Hall again will be open only 12 days this December. The idea of moving from a 4 day, 40-hour work week for city staff to a 3 day, 30-hour work week (Tuesday through Thursday) is looking better all the time. City Hall is closed too many Mondays throughout the year due to holidays anyway. Having a 3-day work week would save on employee wages, reduce holiday closures and reduce utility costs at City Hall which would save us money and we would still be open 12 days every month throughout the year.

Register To Vote
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Stanton Local Taxes
Remember 7 months ago when our council members tried to increase our cell phone tax and utility taxes by 50%? Remember when they closed 2 of our parks and warned us about dire consequences if we didn’t vote in favor of their huge tax increase, blah, blah, blah...

Well our parks aren’t closed,  violent crime went down, the city’s hiring freeze appears to be over and the average household saved about $120 during the past 7 months in unnecessary taxes thanks to your “NO” vote on the tax increase.

 

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Did you read about this in the OC Register, Garden Grove Journal or OC Newspaper? Nobody did. At a time when there is no money and they say taxes must go up, Stanton is giving our city manager a raise. See the recently uncovered document here. Not saying it is not deserved but when the manager's total compensation is already reported at over $250,000 a year it might be best to wait until after the vote before giving out raises.

Save Our Stanton - We need tax reduction, not tax destruction!

Stanton continues to head in the wrong direction as its tax policies will drive more businesses to relocate to other cities or just go out of business. Let's don't give them more reasons to leave our city. It will increase unemployment and we already have the highest unemployment in the county!

Stanton has millions of dollars left over every year after paying for fire and sheriff services. Millions every year! There is no need to increase the tax burden on residents and businesses. And there is no need to reduce our safety services.


We’ve been paying the Utility Users Tax for almost 20 years and we still have a problem with crime and unemployment. Will paying more tax solve these issues?


When running for elected office our council members said our utility tax should be removed, eliminated or were against it. Our City Council pledged no new taxes but they put tax increases on our ballot last June so who failed?

Millions of dollars were spent on a new city yard, new fire station, police station, bought properties around the city, created a new park while working on another one. Besidess police and fire do you see any major budget cuts? No. They already have plenty of our money.


Save Our City of Stanton

It doesn't take a lot of research to see that paying more tax will not solve our financial problems. The bottom line is that our city has been spending more money than they take in for far too long. Do you think your CELL PHONE should be taxed to pay for this?




Committee to support the repeal of city of Stanton's ordinance #1045.
Yes on Measure QQ. id#1386574
7108 Katella Ave. #424
Stanton CA 90680
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Did you hear about Stanton's sewer fee? Did you get to vote on this increase? It's on our property tax bill... Where did it come from?