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: Continue reading