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October 10, 2012 lifrni Commentary Heads Up, Taxpayers Incoming = . While voters' attention is being diverted to the three major statewide tax increase measures on the November ballot, Propositions 30, 38 and 39, many taxpayers are about to be hit below the belt by local politicians, who are just as anxious to get their hands on more cash as are their Sacramento brethren. Michael Coleman, the creator of, has tallied the number of local tax hike measures that will appear on the November 6 ballot. Voters will decide on 237 tax increases or extensions including 10.6 school bonds with a face value of $11.7 billion -- about half of the eventual cost after interest is paid. Additionally, there are 25 measures to increase or extend school parcel taxes, property taxes that are placed on parcels of property without regard to the parcel's value. Then there are another 106 non-school related revenue measures that include 23 parcel taxes, 35 sales tax increases or extensions, and 42 special taxes -- those earmarked for a specific purpose. Although these are local tax measures, their overall impact cannot be separated from statewide efforts to increase taxes. Both in good times and bad, both state and local agencies sing a sad song about lack of funds and the need for greater contributions from taxpayers, but the problem is not that taxes aren't already high enough. California already has the highest state sales tax in the nation -- local sales taxes are extra -- we are tied for highest gas tax, we are second in income tax rates, and even with Proposition 13 we are closer to the top than the bottom in property tax burden. The real problem, and the primary reason that governments are not seeing a healthy flow of tax revenue, is that taxpayers are struggling. Taxpayers have New Ramona Listing Eagle Football Kaaren Terry Janet Gastil Carre St. Andre Sheryll Strickland .h)hn "Merlei" Cassell cell 619-417-o48t cell 76o-445-829 cell 019-922-9687 cell 76o-0o4-2226 cell 76o-315-():14 contimued fi'om page I1 Friday night for Homecoming against Calvary Christian at 7:00 PM. We are getting our night game thanks to the efforts of School Board member Mark Boland. Getting lights for this year was a big problem because of the slow economy and the nighttime work funded that is being by the Pain Casino on a CALTRANS Highway 76 widening project. The Julian News 15 Week y SUDOKU 5 1 00"n''00a'lll20'9Ma'nS"et 7" I less -- our unemployment rate HOMES. CABINS. LAND. RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT VACATION RENTALS is nearly a third higher than the I ' , o national average -- and they | )" "0111 have less to give to government. Already high taxes and stifling regulations are forcing business and the jobs they create from our state. Just this last week, two major firms, Campbell's and Comcast announced the closure of facilities and layoffs of 1,700 employees. And if past is prologue -- in 2011, 254 businesses either left the state or expanded their facilities elsewhere -- there are more facilities closures to. come. Ironically, after Comcast issued a press release saying the layoffs were due to the state's dismal business climate, company officials were contacted by the Governor's Office and a new release was generated, saying their previous statement was in error, the facilities closures were really done for reasons of efficiency. While the governor is campaigning up and down the state for his Proposition 30 tax increase, he must find it extremely embarrassing to read news reports implying the state's fiscal woes are due to Sacramento's bad policies rather than tax rates that are not high enough. So if you are one :of the fortunate Californians with a job and whose employer has no plans to move out of state, don't be fooled into thinking you are not already paying your "fair share." If backers of tax increase measures cannot clearly and honestly demonstrate a vital need for more revenue to support a critical program, government officials must be sent a message that higher taxes are the wrong answer, especially when our state is wallowing in the depths of recession. Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of txpayers' rigbt ........ Truly custom in Julian Estates, 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Den, 2 car garage on 6.89 acres. 2 Master Suites, one handicap accessible. 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Septic, Well, Electric, Panoramic Views $175K /8 acres - Pine Hills -Perc test, Septic Layout & Surveyed. Panoramic views Electric Nearby REDUCED TO $160K and 6,32 acres - Pine Hills - Incredible view lot. Completed Perc Test, Survey and Septic Layout. Both lots at a discounted rate of $320K And as that its Homecomingl all of the TV weather prognosticators are saying that it will be cold and windy on Friday night. When haven't we had a cold and windy Homecoming lately? R.F.D. by Mike Marland I FINAL.L% " DOIN A '''IIwrIT4A DIA-SI'3DF..D Iil -II4EV AIN'T I_-AL . E.. ] "Experience is simply the name we give'our mistakes. " -- Oscar Wilde 2 by Linda Thistle 4 7 9 8 3 9 2 7 3 8 9 1 6 2 4 2 7 1 3 5 2 3 9 8 1 8 6 Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine. Great Locale, ample parking, easy access, well on property, 2 well maintained buildings and a 700 square foot rental cabin. Reduced to $599,000 DIFFICULTY THIS WEEK: * * * * Moderate ** Challenging *** HOO BOY! 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. ACROSS 1 Navigator's stack 5 Deck in the ring 9' Upper surface 12 Oil cartel 13 Leading man? 14 "Hail, Caesar!" 15 Pianist's ticker 17 Barbie's companion 18 Agreement 19 No stay-at- homes 21 Lindbergh book 22 Plot math- ematically 24 Back talk 27 Greet the villain "28 Grant's -- 31 Thickness 32 Once around the track 33 Long March leader 34 Yin counterpart 36 Salt Lake athlete 37 Titanic's destroyer 38 Knighted women 40 "Monopoly" square 41 Increase in BUU00T00T RU E It was Canadian American educator Laurence J. Peter who made the following sage observation: "You can always tell a real friend: /. When you've made a fool of yourself, he doesn't feel you've done a "1OO permanent job." / i 1, Broccoli  2. Cocoa 3. 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Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it has the longest name: It's officially known as the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation. The tuatara is a lizard that can be found in New Zealand. Its claim to fame? It has a third eye, on the top of its head. Thought for the Day: "The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder." -- Alfred Hitchcock 2012 King Features Syndicate, Inc. 4. Fish 5. Flaxseed 6. Spinach / / 7. Sweet potatoes 8. Beans and legumes ',' ,, 9. Chicken , , , 10. Greentea ok//. I .__ zosswo[d -- Answers Solution lime: 25 mins. vi i (] NO n S Weekly SUDOKU Answer g L g S L 6 t, I 6 L S g J g 8 g 6 I 6 L It  L g 1 8 g 6 L Z g g L L  9 6 L 6 g b 8 g S g L g L t 8 8 9 cj 6  L L L Z 8 t g 2012 King Features Syndicate, Inc. II V AI m -I all. Vs-" Ii S VI 3iNI dOl VINI L L 8 g S 6