John Munn

This election process was flawed

By John Munn The Measure I election is over, and a 4 percent majority of the 40 percent of voters who participated favors a surface water project. For full disclosure, I was an active opponent of Measure I because of its enormous cost for a marginal improvement in water quality. But this is not about […]

April 14, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Measure I: Going for broke?

By John Munn Measure I is on the ballot, but the main question in the March 5 election is whether Davis needs or can afford to triple its water rates. If you have a city services bill, you can determine how much you are paying for water. Then multiply by 3 to see the minimum […]

January 31, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Cost should be No. 1 priority on water

By John Munn The Yolo County Taxpayers Association commends the Davis City Council for recognizing the need for a pause in the rush toward higher water rates. Whether we bring in surface water or not, the primary concern of the Taxpayers Association is affordability, and we hope that the design and cost of facilities needed […]

January 01, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Looking back, ahead at school taxes

The parcel tax election is over, and Measure A passed by less than one percentage point. During the campaign, I was asked several times why the Yolo County Taxpayers Association was not more vocal about a proposal to increase local taxes. The answer is that YCTA took a neutral position on the final version of […]

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Taxpayers’ group offers advice

Special to The Enterprise The Yolo County Taxpayers Association is recommending the following positions on state Propositions 19 through 27 on the Nov. 2 ballot: Prop. 19: No If approved, Prop. 19 could include benefits such as quality control for marijuana products, easier access for medical marijuana use and saving public costs of enforcement and […]

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Where is governmentÕs money coming from?

Special to The Enterprise * EditorÕs note: This is the last of a three-part series. Income taxes are the single largest source of revenue for federal and California state governments, although payroll taxes (Social Security, Medicare, unemployment and some retirement funds) are nearly as large for the federal government. In both cases, our progressive income […]

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How much is government spending?

Special to The Enterprise EditorÕs note: This is the second in a three-part series that will wrap up Sunday. Looking at state and federal governments, we see a picture that might qualify as abstract art portraying trouble down the road. The accompanying table provides a summary of state and federal revenue and spending, along with […]

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I’m sorry we spent your future

Special to The Enterprise Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series that will continue Friday and Sunday. Spring weather is hard to predict in CaliforniaÕs Sacramento Valley. April can be hot, cold, wet or dry. One thing about April is certain, however, and that is taxes Ñ with the second property tax […]

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