Kris Hunt of the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association is now going around social media claiming that she never made the argument against Measure S about pensions. Again, she is fibbing and their is clear proof of this.
She is also going around claiming this blog is attacking her and calling her names. No, this blog is here to correct her and if she is lying, I am going to call her a liar.
Anyway, back to the issue at hand which is her claim that she never made the argument about pensions. Per her own post Via Oakley Watchdog she states the following.
Kris Hunt: We need not make pension reform the issue. CoCoTAX argued that this tax will not solve the financial problems of the district given what is being promised the voters. Part of that is related to pension costs. We believe safety is one of the primary functions of government – but you willfully mistake opposition to this tax as being anti-firefighters that is just not the case.
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That sounds nice, but on her argument against Measure S, there are three reasons she is encouraging a “No” vote. Pay attention to bullet two, which essentially is encouraging a reform of benefits and pensions.
Here are her three reasons
- California unemployment/underemployment exceeds 21%
- Public agencies everywhere are privatizing services, cutting back on BENEFITS AND PENSIONS, and doing whatever it takes to offer better value to taxpayers.
- Parcel taxes and other fees on property tax bills are not deductible and the state has announced it will begin strict enforcement which will translate into millions in lost dedications.
Pensions are a major part of why the Contra Costa Taxpayer Association came after Measure S, it had nothing to do with supplying a solution. They wanted to use it to sling shot forward pension reform. With that being said, no one is disputing that pensions need to be looked at, but Measure S should not be used to do it.
If Kris Hunt and the Contra Costa Taxpayer Association did in fact claim they have an interest in fixing the long term issue, they would have provided a full plan and been at each Board Meeting for several months touting their plan to the board as an alternative to Measure S.
On a smaller issue, Ms. Hunt is back to touting that voters never would approve a $200 parcel tax which is also a fib because there was never a poll done on Measure S, it was a $96 benefit assessment which was not pursued. It was not perused due to being legally indefensible.
For the record, Measure S has nothing to do with pensions, it has everything to do with ensuring fire safety and emergency services remain the same and improve over time. Without Measure S, we will lose 50% of our firefighters, and more stations will close. Response times will jump from 5 minutes to 15-minutes or longer. Insurance rates will jump–as states by the State Insurance Commissioner.
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