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Supervisors Should Contribute to Pensions

Supervisors Should Contribute to Pensions

    Recently, the Board of Supervisors laudably eliminated a loophole allowing for elected Supervisors to receive compensation for serving on the Board of Retirement and Assessment Appeals Board.  However, the Supervisors continue to benefit from a highly unusual and lucrative “supplemental pay” that applies only to them, in clear violation of the intent of […]

After Ventua County Taxpayers Association inquiry, Santa Paula Pledges Change on Water Fee Misuse

After Ventua County Taxpayers Association inquiry, Santa Paula Pledges Change on Water Fee Misuse

    By Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA) Last year the Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA) noticed the Santa Paula City Council approved a budget that included an unusual revenue source. The city of Santa Paula appeared to be diverting money set aside specifically for future water projects in order to pay bills and balance its […]

Santa Paula’s Finances on a Precarious Path | VCTA, Ventura County Taxpayer Association

Santa Paula’s Finances on a Precarious Path | VCTA, Ventura County Taxpayer Association

By Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA)   The City of Santa Paula is in trouble and elected officials don’t appear concerned. For some years now, it has been spending reserves to cover operating losses. Reserves have been depleted to dangerous levels. The five-year budget projects losses even with the benefit of the East Area development. The […]

Is Santa Paula’s Use of Water In-Lieu Fees Legal?

Is Santa Paula’s Use of Water In-Lieu Fees Legal?

The Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA) mission is to inform taxpayers and promote the wise use of public funds. On September 6, 2018 we sent the following letter to Santa Paula City Council and City Manager. The city has yet to respond.  At issue is the decision to use water in-lieu fees paid by developers […]

Registration Now Open for State of the County with Mike Powers, July 19

Registration Now Open for State of the County with Mike Powers, July 19

  Investigate, Advocate, and Inform Citizens on Critical Issues Facing Ventura County Register Today Your Support Makes Our Work Possible The Ventura County Taxpayers’ Association appreciates your past and current support of our group as we address the never-ending challenges that taxpayers face here in California and Ventura County.  With your continued support, VCTA (a […]

Transparency and Clear Eyed Oversight Needed at Ventura County Medical Center: Supervisors must act immediately

Transparency and Clear Eyed Oversight Needed at Ventura County Medical Center: Supervisors must act immediately

During the first eight months of this fiscal year the Ventura County Medical Center Oversight Committee was provided projections that VCMC would make an $8 million profit for the year, then a few months later the projection was to lose $20 million and most recently the loss projected was $2.5 million. When VCTA attended the February 14 Oversight Committee meeting we […]

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

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 […]

Commentary: City of Ventura Golf Courses Bleeding Taxpayers

Commentary: City of Ventura Golf Courses Bleeding Taxpayers

    We begin with the punchline: $13.8 million tax dollars wasted on unsuccessful city golf courses.  That is what Ventura residents will pay over the next 15 years to cover accumulated and future losses at the Olivas and Buenaventura municipal golf courses – drowning in debt and unnecessary city overhead.  Golf course losses are projected to continue accumulating at $600,000 […]

State of The County: Lunch With Mike Powers, Ventura County Executive Officer

State of The County: Lunch With Mike Powers, Ventura County Executive Officer

 

Statewide Pension Reform Initiative Filed

Statewide Pension Reform Initiative Filed

A bipartisan group of current and former local elected officials, led by former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed (D) and former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio (R), have filed a statewide ballot initiative to reform compensation and pension benefits of state and local government employees. The initiative provides a checkon state and local politicians […]