Measure GG is the second tax hike on the Stanton ballot since 2012. Just two years ago, Stanton voters soundly rejected a proposed tax hike, Measure J. The politicians and bureaucrats claimed Measure J’s failure would “put our local public safety at risk…If Measure J fails, local businesses will not feel safe and could leave Stanton, causing unemployment and a greater economic downturn.” (Source)
They’re using those scare tactics again to fool us into passing Measure GG, which would give Stanton the highest sales tax in Orange County. Measure J was a $1,100,000 tax hike. Measure GG is nearly three times as large. Why would the politicians and bureaucrats propose a tax triple the size of the one we rejected in 2012?
The City of Stanton has argued that it has been cutting its budget to the bone since 2011, cutting $9 million from its general fund since then, according to OC Political. Protesters have raised concerns about the adequacy of these cuts, citing the levels of salaries of City employees and citing pay raises granted during since 2011, when the City is asking the voters to increase the sales tax:
- $162,504: City Manager (15% pay raise in 2012)
- $141,312: Community Development Director (5% pay raises in 2011 and 2012)
- $134,580: Public Works Director/City Engineer
- $128,172: Administrative Services Director
- $122,076: Community Services Director (5% pay raise on August 12, 2014, just six months after becoming Community Services Director)
- $97,572: Accounting Manager
- $78,132: Code Enforcement/Parking Control Supervisor
- $78,132: Facilities Maintenance Supervisor (5% pay raise on April 22, 2014)
- $78,132: Associate Planner (5% pay raises in 2011, 2012, and 2013)
The Lincoln Club of Orange County is opposing Measure GG. Here is what they had to say about it in their ballot measure guide: “The median household income in Stanton is less than $60,000 per year. But average residents are being asked to swallow a tax increase to preserve the salaries, benefits and pension programs of public employees earning over $200,000 per year. Enough is enough. Taxes should not be raised on working class consumers just to pay for the bloated compensation packages of the public employees who are supposed to serve them.”
The Republican Party of Orange County is also opposing Measure GG.
The entire Stanton City Council voted unanimously to place Measure GG on the ballot. This means that Stanton residents should NOT vote for any of the incumbents who are running for reelection. They include:
Shawver, Ramirez and Donahue voted to raise taxes in Stanton! That alone is reason to retire them.
The good news is that there are two challengers for the Stanton City Council who oppose Measure GG:
Palomares had this to say about Measure GG on his campaign website: “The current council voted for a measure to increase the sales tax in Stanton to 9%. Rare, only one city in OC has done this. La Habra has its own local sales at half a percent (.05%), bringing the total to 8.5%. OC’s current sales tax is 8%. If Stanton’s sales tax increase is approved it would make it the highest sales tax in OC. We already have the highest unemployment rate in OC, why add fuel to the fire. This is a move that will backfire and in the long run cost the tax payers more. Our small city of 3.15 square miles cannot afford to lose business because consumers would rather cross the street to Cypress, Garden Grove, Anaheim, and or Westminster to buy groceries, get their oil changed, get their new tires, grab a coffee, etc…”
To top it all off, the Stanton City Council and their hack city administrators are brazenly promoting Measure GG on the city’s website. It is disgusting. Vote No on Measure GG and toss the incumbents out!