Residents of Santa Paula, you were duped; Santa Paula Spends Tax Increase on Salaries & Not Services 

Abandoning any semblance of sound fiscal planning, Santa Paula City Council caved to pressure from public unions and approved outrageous salary increases for a majority of its employees that cost more than the city expects to raise in revenue from the voter approved 1% sales tax increase.

While council voted 4-1 to spend all the Measure T Sales taxes on pay increases for employees, the only opposition to speak before the council was members of the Ventura County Taxpayers Association.

Not one dime was earmarked for city services.  Nothing was directed to help generate new sources of tax revenue to replace the spending of these sales tax dollars back into the city. Any thought of attracting tourism revenue was non-existent. Investment into retention of existing businesses in the community, to keep jobs in Santa Paula, was totally ignored.

These outrageous pay increases are a reminder to residents of Santa Paula of the power public labor unions have over some elected officials.  Public labor negotiations are held in secret, behind closed doors with representatives of labor and management. The only people not at the table are the taxpayers who are asked to foot the bill.

The shortsightedness of the majority of City Council members was amplified by their reasoning that when the sales tax measure expires, they will just pass another new tax. The shortsightedness exhibited by city council in this and other decisions, could well be the tipping point that leads to insolvency for the wonderful City of Santa Paula.

In our system of government, voters get the government they deserve. The council voted 4 to 1 to spend the money this way – reason enough to vote a new city council at the next opportunity.


Ventura County Taxpayers’ Association

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One Response to Residents of Santa Paula, you were duped; Santa Paula Spends Tax Increase on Salaries & Not Services 

  1. Tom November 10, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Santa Paula has an unusual pay structure. 24.25% of the “Total Wages” are from “Other Pay”. That’s the highest of any of the 477 California cities average of 5.59%. Five of the 23 cities with the with the highest percentage are in Ventura County.

    According to the California Controller:
    “Other pay includes, but is not limited to the following: car allowances, meeting stipends, incentive pay, bonus pay, hazard pay, bilingual pay, on-call pay, and any other pay that is medicare taxable and not part of the base salary.”


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