Redo General Plan?
At it's meeting on March 12th, the Calaveras County Planning Commission was requested to place Alternative "D" on it's agenda for future consideration.  

The Alternatives are fundamental principles which will direct the extent of government control of private property.
According to Al Segalla, representing the Calaveras County Taxpayers Association, This review is necessary because the previous process was slanted toward a "progressive" agenda by the previous general plan consultant, Mintier Harnish who received over one million dollars to update the county General Plan.
All three of the alternatives (A,B, & C) recommended by the consultant expanded  government control over land use of private property, while Alternative "D" which was proposed by local citizens at several workshops, respected property rights and the free market.

A copy of Alternative D is available HERE.


Taxpayers Meet
The Calaveras County Taxpayers Association  hosted a public luncheon last Thursday, the Murphys Historic Hotel, with keynote speaker Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association who talked about issues facing taxpayers in 2015 and 2016.
Also speaking was Jonathan Wood, Attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation who recently won a major case against extreme environmental regulation.  
The 2015 CCTA award for Excellence in Public Service Went to County Clerk of the Board, 

Diane Severud. She works diligently handling a huge amount of information, always with good cheer and transparency. She also received certificates from  State Assemblyman Frank Bigelow and Senator Tom Berryhill which were presented by County Supervisor Chair Cliff Edson.  Diane also received a certificate from Congressman Tom McClintock which was presented by Adam Pugh of his office.

The main speakers also were interviewed on Taxpayer Alert, which is part of the PATV cable network and are also linked below. For print media readers, they are also linked at CalaverasTaxpayers.org.

Jonathan Wood, Pacific Legal Foundation

Jonathan discusses several important cases the foundation has been working on, including Obama Care. 

Jon is a great speaker and totally dedicated to protecting the taxpayer. He discusses current issues in this interview.


Taxpayers Urge Fire Fee Protest
The Calaveras County Taxpayers Association is urging those being billed the questionable fire fee to appeal within 30 days from mailing of the bill. This information was provided by George Runner, Board of Equalization Member.
The law that created the Fire Fee also established the appeals process;
Time is Critical!
§ The Fire Fee bill must be paid and/or appealed within thirty days of the billing date (which is when the bill was sent, not when you received it). Late petitions are generally not accepted. This means that if a petition is not filed within the thirty days, the bill becomes due at the end of the period. (14 CCR Chapter 13, Section 1665.5(a)(4))
The Petition
§ The petition must be in writing. CALFIRE has provided a form that can be used to appeal. It can be downloaded at: http://firepreventionfee.org/PetitionForm.pdf
The Process
§ The law requires that the petition be mailed to the California Department of Forestry’s Fire Prevention Fee Service Center;
P.O. Box 2254, Suisun City, CA 94585
§ Each petition is required to include:
1) The specific grounds upon which the appeal is being contested (see next bullet point);
2) Evidence supporting the claims made in the appeal.
Grounds for Appeal
Grounds for appeal can include (but are not limited to) any of the following:
§ The structure is commercial (not residential). The regulation developed by the Forestry Board defines “dwelling unit” as including “provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation.” (14 CCR Chapter 13, Section 1665.2)
§ I was not the owner in July 2013. The property owner is defined as the individual, company, corporation, or other entity that was the owner of record of the property on July 1. (14 CCR Chapter 13, Section 1665.2)
§ The structure is not within the SRA. Be sure to go to: http://www.calfirefee.com/where-are-the-sras/ to make sure that your home is within the SRA. If it’s not, the fee doesn’t apply to you. (14 CCR Chapter 13, Section 1665.5 (a)(3))
§ This bill is an unconstitutional tax. The California Constitution requires that new taxes be approved by 2/3rds of the membership of both houses of the Legislature. Because many homeowners will not see a direct benefit from their payment of the bill, this charge is a tax (and not having been properly approved by the Legislature) is illegal. Note: Cal-Fire will reject appeals filed on these grounds, but the appeal is vital to ensuring you remain eligible for a refund should the lawsuit prevail.

Once You File
Once CALFIRE has received your petition, they will have sixty days to review the petition and issue a decision in your case.

For more information go to http://www.calfirefee.com/


Taxpayer TV!

This is an update on our cable TV program.   "Taxpayer Alert" is a public service effort by volunteers and sponsored by the Calaveras County Taxpayers Association. 

For those who do not have Calaveras cable TV, or are out of the area, previously aired programs are uploaded to YouTube and can be accessed on line. We have linked the programs below, with the most recent first.

Jonathan discusses several important cases the foundation has been working on, including Obama Care. 

Jon is a great speaker and totally dedicated to protecting the taxpayer. He discusses current issues in this interview.

Dick tells about the huge struggle he faced getting approvals for his project. He also shares some of the interesting details about the proposed Snow Park. 

Peter shares information on the General Plan Update process and reports progress with his talks with the Feds on the issue of FEMA Flood Insurance.

John provides information on how families can protect themselves in times of crises. He is also an expert on community action communications. While CCTA does not agree with some of his beliefs, his practical approach to improving communications is a great service to the public and CCTA. 

Steve is our resident expert on science, economics, business and government affairs. He was President of the County Chamber when the first General Plan was established. He is also, Vice President of CCTA and provides knowlegde and wisdom to it's Board meetings.

Steve talks about the FEMA Flood "Insurance" problem and other taxpayer local issues. 

Dennis discusses his experience in managing large organisations and some of the policies of CCWD. Extensive discussion of leadership principles and the role of manager vs that of a Director.

Bob discusses the history of CCWD and some of the problems recently experienced. He is an outgoing CCWD Director and is Chair of the CCTA Water Committee.

Gary discusses the new jail, a need for new radio communications towers, AB 109, Veterans Court, crime reporting issues and developing a burglary response unit. The Veterans Court proposal was promoted by Charity Maness who was a previous guest on this program. She also has the Copper Gazette and writes for the Calaveras Enterprise. Gary has just been reelected to serve our county for another four years. In July we will be taping an interview with Candice Keesey, Executive Director, Friends of the Sheriff's Office which raised $50,000 for a new canine unit.  

Joel talks about the new Bear Valley Mountain Cooperative, including who is currently involved, what are the goals and objectives and how Bear Valley affects our economy in Calaveras County. Also provided is information about the benefits of becoming a member and how to become one. Joel is also owner of Bear Valley Real Estate Brokerage.

Rebecca Callen, Auditor/Controller  
Rebecca discussed the county budget including a range of possible solutions to the $8 million shortfall.

Pete was Manager of the Tuolumne County Water District for 20 years and shares wisdom and ideas on public services.

This 1/2 hour show is moderated by Joel Metzger. Participants are: Tim Healy, John J. Trifilo and Hugh Swift.

This 1/2 hour show is moderated by Joel Metzger. Participants are: Grant Barrett, Dana Leanne Pfeil and Kenneth M. Foley.

The 1/2 hour show is moderated by Stephen Crane, Editor. The participants are Sheriff Gary Kuntz and challenger Patrick Garrahan.
The one hour show is moderated by Stephen Crane, Editor. Participants are: Merita Callaway, Mike Oliveira and Mike Borian.
The one hour show is moderated by Joel Metzger, Editor. Participants are: Marti Crane, Steve Kearney, Darren Spellman and Roy Estakhri
Charity is owner of the Copper Gazette and a strong supporter of our veterans. 

Joel is Editor of the Calaveras Enterprise and host of the popular PATV program Inside View. Fascinating discussion on wide variety of topics including the first Amendment.

Jeff is a Director with CCWD and President of the county Chamber. He discusses some of the challenges facing CCWD.

 Merita Callaway 

Merita is Supervisor of District 3. She discusses the current County budget crises and other topics

Barbara Yook

Barbara is our Calaveras County District Attorney. She discusses some of the challenges her department is facing such as the effects of AB 109 on local crime and the need for upgrading facilities to better serve the public.

Cory Burnell

Cory is a financial Advisor with a strong understanding of economics. He discusses how one could avoid the penalty for not buying government health insurance and other topics.

Mark Luster, Part 1,  Mark Luster, Part 2

Mark represents Sierra Pacific Industries and is a former County Chamber President. He discusses current state of the timber industry in California.

Guy Puccio

Guy discusses an interesting perspective on our national economic problems.

Heather Gass

Heather has done much research on the subject of the "Dark Side of Sustainability". Strong supporter of a free America. Dynamic lady. 

Steve Fairchild 

Steve owns Moaning Cavern Park and other very successful enterprises in the Gold County. He is former President of the County Chamber, the Visitor's Bureau and is Vice President of the Calaveras Taxpayers Association. He discusses several interesting concepts.

Gary Kuntz 

Gary is our County Sheriff and he discusses progress in reducing response time and improvements including the new jail.

Richard Fields

Richard represents the Pacific Legal Foundation and he discusses several interesting court cases.

Rebecca Callen

Rebecca is our County Auditor/Controller and she discusses concerns about county overspending and other concerns.

 George Runner

George is our representative on the Board of Equalization and he discusses several issues including the Fire Tax.

Jon Coupal

Jon is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and is leading the lawsuit seeking to overturn the Fire Tax. He discusses other issues as well.



Promote Constitution

The Calaveras County Taxpayers Association (CCTA) has launched an outreach effort to promote constitutional principles through distribution of a booklet, The US Constitution and Fascinating Facts About It, to public officials and other leaders in Calaveras County. 

The group's President, Al Segalla, said "The first batch of booklets was presented to County Supervisors at its Board meeting Tuesday, February 25 and to the Planning Commission on March 13." 

More copies will be presented to other officials, educators and leaders in the near future.    A Constitution contest with prizes for students is being considered. CCTA previously sponsored a student contest for posters and essays and the proud winners were presented awards from Congressman, Tom McClintock." 

Bob Mulvany, CCTA Project Chair, said "These booklets are unique and have had over two million copies distributed worldwide.  The booklet contains so much more than the founding document, including Fascinating Facts About the Founding Fathers, The Declaration Of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, The Supreme Court and 20 Land Mark Cases In Supreme Court History to name just a few." 

The U.S. Constitution is one of the most influential legal documents in existence. Since its creation, some two hundred years ago, over one hundred countries around the world have used it as a model for their own.


Oak Hill Publishing Company, publisher of the booklets has created an extensive website, ConstitutionFacts.com , which contains a huge amount of interesting information including a Fun Zone for kids.


Why such effort and expense? Segalla said: "If we would preserve our constitutional form of government, we may be able to offer future generations an environment of freedom and prosperity that has been so good for mankind."


For more information or to help, call 785-1491. 



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Taxpayer Association Raises Awareness

By Alicia Castro, Reporter, Calaveras Enterprise

Posted on July 26, 2013

In lieu of a Tea Party, the Calaveras County Taxpayers Association joined together for an afternoon barbecue Wednesday at Moaning Caverns Park in Vallecito.

The nonpartisan, nonprofit educational group aims at promoting wise use of public funds and protecting economic freedoms. It has co-sponsored four Tea Party events and five candidate forums over past years.

At its annual barbecue, the taxpayers association fed the masses with a meal catered by the Murphys Hotel and treated its guests to music by District 1 Supervisor Cliff Edson and Tonja Dausend of Burson.

Association President Al Segalla presented the Award for Excellence in Public Service to Brian Moss, administrator of the Environmental Management Agency. Moss also received recognition from the California Senate and Assembly.

Peter Racz, whom District 5 Supervisor Darren Spellman called a “frequent flyer” at county supervisor meetings, was given a surprise award for his dedication to the association’s mission.

“That’s perfect,” Racz said, looking at the plaque. Glancing up, he added, “Where’s the check?”

In addition to the awards, there was a panel discussion with Calaveras County officials: Lori Norton, chief administrative officer; Leslie Davis, assessor; Rebecca Callen, auditor/controller; and Barbara Sullivan, treasurer and tax collector.

After explaining their roles in the county, the panel was asked questions from the crowd – most notably, the state law or mandate they’d like to see clarified or changed.

Norton and Callen both referenced restricted purpose funds and called for more autonomy at the county level.

“If work is done locally, the money should be appropriated locally,” Callen said. “The state owes (us) a lot of money, and I would like to get it back.”

Callen also spoke to the need of matching expenditures against revenue. With expenditures increasing at a faster rate than revenue, she advised government officials to not make “creative” decisions.

“Our local government should be living within its means,” she said, to the hearty applause of the crowd.

Retired Sen. George Runner and Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, shared the floor in keynote speaking.

Coupal is the principal author of Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act. This proposition recently impacted Calaveras County when it mandated Calaveras County Water District to provide a 45-day notice of rate increases and made a 50 percent plus-one voter protest override possible.

The Howard Jarvis Association is also in the process of suing the state for the California Fire Prevention Fee, which was passed by a Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011.

The $150 annual fee, projected to raise more than $80 million to fund fire-prevention efforts, has begun to be levied upon more than 800,000 property owners whose homes sit within the 31 million-acre State Responsibility Area.

The Howard Jarvis Association website relating to the fee – firetaxprotest.com – clearly outlines its stance.

“We believe this fee imposed by politicians is really an illegal tax under Proposition 13.”

Until the lawsuit reaches a conclusion, property owners are obligated to pay the fee or face penalties.

According to the State Board of Equalization, if the fee isn’t paid by its due date, a penalty of 10 percent of the fee will be added to the amount due. 

However, if the billing is appealed and the amount remains unpaid after redetermination, a doubled 20 percent penalty would be applied and accrued each month until the unpaid fee portion is paid.

“Legislature stuck it to the taxpayers,” said Runner, who represents the Board of Equalization’s 2nd District. “Not only with the fee, but the whole process.”

Runner’s district spans the vast majority of the state, and the Calaveras County Taxpayers Association calls him an “outspoken critic of the confusing and controversial California Fire Prevention Fee.”

The Howard Jarvis Association is still seeking petitions for redetermination, which can be found at firetaxprotest.comand the Calaveras County Assessor’s Office.

For more information about the Calaveras Taxpayers Association, visit ccta.camp8.org.

​Contact Alicia Castro, Reporter, at alicia@calaverasenterprise.com.



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The Bill Has Come Due

Expect to hear a lot more pronouncements from state and local government officials about the need for tax increases, cuts to public services, or both.
CalPERS, the huge pension fund that serves most California government employees, has announced it is raising its rates, a move that will cost employers undefined taxpayers that is undefined up to 50% more. For some local governments already on shaky financial footing, this may be the nudge that sends them down the bankruptcy road already traveled by Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino.
Read more…


Fire Fee 2.0: Six Times Worse!

Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, who represents many rural taxpayers on California’s North Coast, is leading the charge to reinvent and expand the fire fee. His proposal (AB 468) would replace the fire fee with a 4.8 percent “surcharge” on all insured homeowners and businesses in the State of California, regardless of location.

Read more at Fox and Hounds Daily...


Posted January 30, 2013

Taxpayers Present Awards in Murphys

The Calaveras County Taxpayers Association hosted its quarterly luncheon at the Murphys Historic Hotel, recently, with keynote speaker Congressman Tom McClintock, who presented Congressional recognition to County Assessor, Leslie Davis. Davis received the Associations award for Excellence in Public Service which was presented by Association President Al Segalla. Davis also received recognition from Senator Tom Berryhill and Assemblyman Frank Bigalow which was presented by their Staff member, Dana Jorgensen.


The Association also presented a surprise recognition award to McClintock for his “continued work promoting Freedom, Prosperity and Constitutional Government for the people of California and the people of United States of America”.

Other surprise recognitions went to Association Directors Kyran Enzi and Steve Fairchild for their support and dedication to the Association.

The remarks preceding the award to Kyran Enzi were: “To Kyran Enzi for 5 years of loyal service to the Association as Secretary, including helping to organize five annual BBQ s, over 60 Board of Directors meetings and 15 public Luncheons. This is in addition to serving as president of the Copperopolis Areas Business Association, all while providing elder care for her mother, Alice, who quietly passed on January 6, 2013 at the age of 94.”

 The Historic Murphys Hotel received recognition for their support of the Association and providing excellent food and service at reasonable prices.

Also speaking was Rebecca Callen, County Auditor/Controller, who provided an update on county financial issues. There was some debate about the new CalPERS agreement as it relates to “defined benefits”.

Rich Taborek, innkeeper, talked about the proposed increase in the Transit Occupancy Tax which, he said, would provide entitlements to six nonprofit groups without oversight and also drop public works funding. Rebecca said that the proposed tax increase has not received proper legal review and is actually illegal as state law requires the Board of Supervisors to be responsible for local taxation. Other elected public officials at the meeting concurred with Rebecca.

Tom McClintock’s remarks included an update on federal issues and explained the current federal financial problem by comparing it with “a family that earns $27,000, but spends $36,000 and has run up a credit card debt of $165,000 is on the brink of financial ruin.  Proportionally, that’s exactly where our federal government is today.” He authored HR 444 which would require the President to balance the budget or propose a plan to do so.

Who Are We?

The Calaveras County Taxpayers Association (CCTA) is a network of volunteers who care about the wise use of your tax dollars and maintaining good government.

Sadly, there are thousands of special interest groups, including government itself, dedicated to expanding government and raising your taxes at all levels. So, with your help, we intend to be the local lobby for the taxpayer to help bring back balance. 

Here is our Mission Statement and Action Plan:

Mission Statement

We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit, citizen’s advocacy group committed to promoting wise use of taxes and limited government.

We do recognize the human rights to liberty and property in our free society.

We keep a watchful eye on all levels of government, including special districts, and promote a better public understanding of government issues.

We offer awards for excellence in public service.

CCTA Action Plan

Attend Supervisors Meetings
Review Budgets
Hold Public Meetings with Speaker
Organize Candidate & Issue Forums
Present Public Service Awards
Support Privatization Research
Email Alerts to Members
Send Postcard Alerts to Public
Provide Web Discussion Forum

Please consider Joining the Calaveras County Taxpayers Association today. Just click HERE. Thank you.  

Al Segalla, President

(209) 785-1491

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