Troy Edgar, one of two Republicans vying for the 72nd Assembly District this November, has been caught with his hand in the tax cookie jar again. This time an anonymous blogger at the OC Political blog revealed what Los Alamitos Council Member Edgar, who said too much while speaking at a Family Action PAC meeting, is up to. Here are a few excerpts from that post:
During lunch, Edgar got up and told the crowd that he was currently pushing a Measure to appear on the November ballot to “lower” the Utility Tax in his town.
What in fact Edgar is up to in his teenie town is quite the opposite.
Utility User Taxes are taxes imposed by cities on things ranging from water, gas, and electricity to home phones and cable tv. Most cities in Republican Orange County don’t even impose one at all. In fact, Los Alamitos is one of only 11 cities in Orange County to have a Utility User Tax.
Most of these taxes were passed and imposed a long time ago, prior to home internet access even being a figment of Al Gore’s imagination. But lately, more and more of the cities that do have one, have been updating their UUT’s to include new technologies, like the internet and cell phones.
This includes Los Alamitos, where Troy Edgar serves as Mayor. Seeing a pot of money that isn’t yet being tapped, Edgar did what any good tax raiser would do, and devised a scheme to get his hands on this extra money.
But knowing the political price he’d pay – he simultaneously tried to cover his tracks by reducing the current UUT by a measly 1%. He claims this will make the tax “revenue neutral,”. Any rational thinking person knows that broadly expanding the definition of a tax on services that are used almost universally, and claiming to off-set it by a reduction of the tax on services like home phones that are being used less and less, will no doubt make City coffers grow.
Oh my. How will Edgar spin this mess?