The SCAQMD Wants to Raise Your Taxes

By Coalition of Energy Users

In what appears to be the very definition of an out-of-control government agency, the staff of the South Coast Air Quality Management District has decided to pursue its own plan for raising the sales tax in four counties by a quarter-percent.

The SCAQMD doesn’t have the authority to put tax-increase proposals on the ballot, but on Monday, the staff revealed a new strategy: Conduct a poll to see if voters would be willing to pay the higher tax, then quickly get a bill introduced in Sacramento to give the agency the power to put the tax increase before the voters.

Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson and San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford said they were blindsided by the staff’s plan to move forward and pursue legislation without first bringing the poll results to the board for consideration of next steps.

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