The Sunday Commentary Section of the OC Register contains side-by-side editorial submissions on the two main candidates in the 37th Senate District special election on March 17. Below is the one that advocates a vote for me.
The campaign is on in earnest and the hit pieces have been arriving in mail boxes. I am being accused of raising taxes. The majority of revenues, 92%, in the Orange County General Fund comes from property taxes.
I would dare someone to identify the vote where I raised property tax rates. You won’t find it, as it can’t be done. Prop. 13 set the rate, and it is impossible for a Supervisor to raise your taxes.
Stating that I raised taxes is not true.
I’m complimented by this false attack, it implies that I am ahead and in need of nasty mail pieces to help give my main opponent a reasonable chance. But, stooping to the misuse of terms in slick mail pieces is disingenuous, desperate and dishonest.
I will admit to having raised fees. A County Supervisor is both an executive and legislative position. When fees for specific services are below the actual cost of providing those services, then raising them is an appropriate and pro-taxpayer vote to cast. Otherwise, all taxpayers are subsidizing those who come to government for specific and unique services.
What is not told is how many fees I reduced or eliminated. One recent example is a vote that Supervisor Shawn Nelson and I made to eliminate a fee charged by the Orange County Fire Authority when, in your hour of true need, are charged for advanced life support services. We lost this vote 2 to 3. You can appreciate why I am proud to have Supervisor Nelson’s endorsement (see OC Supervisor Shawn Nelson Endorses John Moorlach for Senate).
I could go on. But, wordsmithing and spinning the truth is what campaigns are all about. I just wanted you to know that my votes were cast to protect all of the County’s taxpayers. As I stated in an October UPDATE, “Leadership demands that elected officials do the homework and know when the fee increase is just and appropriate.”