Sacramento Taxpayers Association is currently revising the committee structure and committee assignments. Below is a partial listing of the committees, which will be updated following our Summit Meeting of the Board in August.
Participants do not have to be a Association member to participate in committees.
The events committee members are responsible for planning the Annual Dinner meeting, as well as special events and fundraisers.
Develops outreach programs to increase the membership base. Includes print components as well as the Association Website and Facebook account. The committee will host a membership drive each year.
Primary focus is on evaluating the effectiveness and legality of school districts spending of taxpayer approved bond dollars. Each school district is required by law (Prop 39, Nov 2000) to set up a citizens bond oversight committee (BOC), to review expenditures and make sure the bond funds are used only for construction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities. Prop 39 bond funds cannot be used for teachers or administrators salaries/benefits.
Currently the Taxpayers Association has a representative on the following BOC’s; Los Rios Community College District, Sacramento City Unified School District, San Juan School District, and Twin Rivers School District.
Pension Reform Committee
Committee Chair – Marcia Fritz
Reviews Sacramento City and County expenditures on current and past general fund budgets. Develops opposition positions to any increases above the CPI index for current public employees, and supports the concept of higher public employee contributions. Supports concept of taking back public employee giveaways that cannot be funded with current and future revenue sources. Opposed to pension spiking that provides retirement benefits higher than actual working wages.
Special Districts Committee
Sacramento region has the most special districts of any region in the state. This committee needs members in any and all of the special districts, who can attend the districts’ meetings, and report to SacTax.
SacTax bylaws specify a quarterly newsletter. The committee will help with all communications, as well as assisting with monthly speakers.
This committee will have members who can attend meetings of the Sacramento City Council, and Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and report back to the board.
Committee Chair – Craig Powell
Evaluate the actual return on investments to the taxpayers of the various local redevelopment projects. Monitor the role of SHRA (Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency) in the redevelopment process; meetings structure, governing board, criteria for selection of redevelopment locations. Supports Governor Brown’s efforts to eliminate redevelopment agencies, but to maintain the necessary ability to repay issued bonds.
Committee Chair – Bob Blymyer
Evaluate community projects and types of financing programs, and how they impact community growth. This includes bicycles, roadways, public transit and railroads. Analysis includes not only the movement of people, but also movement of freight within the region. In addition there is some overlap with land use planning. The Associationalso has a large library on transit history, both locally and nationally.
Committee Chair – Craig Powell
Evaluate city and county utility programs; fees for services, cost containment programs, long range plans, financial structures, local regulations and state/fed mandated requirements, and salary/pension/benefit impacts. Utilities have become a hot issue over the last couple of years;
partially from scandals that plagued the City Utility Department in 2007-08, and the effort to rollback City utility rates last year by Association VP Craig Powell. The Taxpayers Association has followed utility issues for several decades and maintains a large library of local/regional utility decisions and community impacts.
Committee Chair – Ken Payne
Evaluate local/regional water programs, and their relationship to statewide water needs. This includes water storage, water distribution and water quality, plus some legislative history on water issues over the last four decades. The Taxpayers Association participated in the very successful Water Forum Agreement in 2000, and has been a long time supporter of the Auburn Dam Council. The Associationmaintains a large library on local and statewide water history, plus has a complete history of the Auburn Dam project.