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November 23, 2011 California Commentary Let Taxpayers Be Heard by Jon Coupal Although there were no statewide issues on the ballot last Tuesday, many Californians had the opportunity to vote on local measures, many of which sought approval for various taxes, fees or bonds. By our count, of the more than 50 tax increases on the ballot, about 75 percent passed. It may surprise some, but we at HJTA are not overly alarmed when local citizens choose to raise their own taxes as long as they are given the opportunity to cast an informed vote. And here is where the problem lies. Most campaigns for tax measures receive strong support from those who will directly benefit. For example, whenever a school district places a bond on the ballot, it is not unusual for the construction companies who expect to contract for the work the bonds will pay for, to fund expensive campaigns to guarantee their approval. It is also commonplace for bond brokers, who will receive commissions on the bond sales, to supply consultants to advise the district on the best way to gain voter approval. Most local tax increases also receive the political and financial support of government employee unions, who clearly are a principal beneficiary of an increase in revenue. What this means is that those wanting greater access to taxpayers' wallets dominate the debate while individual taxpayers are often left feeling that any response is an exercise in futility. While tax promoters will see to it that slick arguments endorsing a measure appear in the ballot book all voters receive, all too often taxpayers leave it up to someone else to present a counter argument and the result is that no one responds. But it doesn't have to be that way. Illustrating the point is the e-mail message I received, the day after the election, from a local taxpayer advocate reporting the success of a low budge/no budget campaign in defeating a per-parcel property tax increase. Among the keys to victory were writing a ballot argument against the tax, sending letters to local papers where they could be printed in the "Letters" section, and sending e-mails to friends and neighbors alerting them to the effort to increase their property taxes. Even though the taxpayer activists lacked the funds to send out mailers, print flyers or yard signs, they were able to convince 56.3 percent of their fellow citizens to vote 'no." Imagine what they could have accomplished with just a few hundred dollars. Yes, average taxpayers can take on city hall, or any other local government entity, and win. All it takes is the will and using a few basic tools, most of which are free. Key to any of these efforts is as simple as preparing a good ballot argument. For those who believe that voters should hear more than just one side when it comes to tax increases, I invite you to visit and look under "Taxpayers Action Tools" for more tips on defeating local tax measures. 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 taxpayers' rights. As Heard On The Streets Of Julian' by Eric Stamets Wild Turkeys Vow To Celebrate Thanksgiving This Year If you'll remember last Thanksgiving, as they have for many- years, in the spirit of love and giving, the Calvary Chapel of Julian and now, I understand, Hillside Community Church have offered free Thanksgiving dinners for those who wouldn't have had one but open to anyone who wants one. This and other outreaches such as Mountain Manna from the Methodist Church and the food distribution at the town hall have helped a lot of people get through some rough times, thanks to a lot of volunteer help. However last year the wild turkeys got wind of what was going on and in a show solidarity with their captive relatives decided to do something about it. An animal activist accomplice made a bunch of turkey accessible placards for them with slogans such as "MASHED POTATOES, YAMS, CRANBERRY SAUCE, STUFFING ARE ENOUGH" and "TURKEYS ARE SACRED BIRDS" that were against eating their close relatives so that they could protest the proceedings at the town hall. Unfortunately the turkeys were not smartenough to find the town hall on Thanksgiving and the protest took place at an empty vacation cabin in Pine Hills. Well this year the turkeys realized that they are relatively unencumbered as they rummage through everyone's yard for food and get up on houses and ruin the roofing and are very thankful. So with help from the Weekly SUDOKU by Linda Thistle 5 2 9 6 1 4 4 7 4 6 2 7 2 9 3 8 6 8 3 5 8 3 9 1 5 2 7 4 3 1 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. DIFFICULTY THIS WEEK: * * Moderate ** Challenging *** HOO BOY! 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. The Julian News 13 FAP, MB 00TYlll III 2019 Main Sl:re,'A: 7(), O- 765.0111111 Lovely 3 Bed/2 1/2/Bath home in beautiful Wynola Estates. All level, beautifully landscaped 2.7 acres. Offered at $375,000 :ll Panoram,c V,ew Home on 841 acres, 2 garages, 2,756 sq.ft. 6 bdrm/3 bath, remodeled. 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Septic, Well, Electric, Panoramic Views $175K 11/2.5 acres - Harrison Park, well, electric. $99,900 " ,49 acres - Harrison Park Lot - ready tO go! - $30,000  5 acres Harrison Park with well & electric. $109K V 8 acres - 'ine Hills ..,a. testT4:flc'Ea& SfJrveyed. Panoramic views Electric Nearby REDUCED TO $160K and 6.32 acres - Pine Hills - !ncib[e vieW tot :6fnpleted Perc Test, Survey and Septic Layout. REDUCED to$175K ,,, Both lots a a discounted rate of $320K 896 sq. ft. Upgraded 2br/lba cabin with 2 fireplaces and 2 covered patios. 37 Acres. Year-Round Creek activist (an activist is someone who is active in putting their nose in someone else's business), the turkeys obtained a hunting permit for their Thanksgiving meal celebration. The permit office had quite a stir when the activist also requested a human tag with the permit. Upon returning the permit and tag to the turkeys, the activist suddenly realized that he was the only human in sight and the turkeys had forgotten that this human in their midst had been the one who got them the permit. I guess both the town hall dinner and the turkeys will have a happy Thanksgiving Day. .  Solution time: 21 mins. BUT00TRUE bll S"amanha weaver S N o u  l N , / O 7 O dV 3 It was the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Wilson Ill -- 1  N   ----ll Reagan, who made the following sage observation: "Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book." If you're like 75 percent of Americans, you like to doodle. There was a shipwreck in 1664 that had only one survivor, one in 1785 that also resulted in all but one aboard being killed, and one in 1860 that likewise left a single person alive. 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In 1984, a woman named Deborah Martorano was shopping at Bloomingdale's in New York City, when one of the store's employees, a perfume demonstrator, sprayed her with scent. The experience evidently caused Martorano, who suffered from allergies and asthma, to spend 10 days in a hospital. This respiratory distress resulted in a $75,000 settlement from the store. The Dead Sea isn't a sea at all; it's a lake. If you ever travel to Borneo or Sumatra and come face-to-face with an orangutan, keep this tidbit of information 'in mind: If one of these great apes belches at you, you might want to back off; that's how they warn others to stay out of their territory. ' Thought for the Day: "Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors." -- Thomas H. 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