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Proposed Property Tax To Fight Climate Change Criticized As Unfair

May 11, 2016

Lauren Sommer  : npr – excerpt

The newest building in Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters sits right on San Francisco Bay. Its location offers a spectacular view, but an uncertain future.

By the end of the century, scientists say, sea level could rise three, four, maybe even five feet, depending on how climate change plays out…

Measure AA — on the June 7 ballot in nine Bay Area counties — would raise money to protect the region from the expected rise in sea level.

Mielke says the measure, if passed, “would institute a modest $12 a year or $1 a month parcel tax.”

And that would be a first. Other coastal cities such as New Orleans have turned to federal grants to protect themselves. Measure AA would tap Bay Area residents to deal with climate change.

The property tax is projected to raise $500 million to defend against sea level rise by restoring marshes…

This is not the figure we have seen elsewhere. We have seen 25 million quoted. Quite a difference between 25 and 500 million.

The challenge for supporters of Measure AA is to convince voters who live an hour drive from the bay — nowhere near the shoreline — that it matters to them.

And some opponents, such as Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, see a big problem with the proposed tax.

“Whether it is a struggling farm worker family in a very modest bungalow in Gilroy, or the Apple campus there in Silicon Valley [the tax is the same],” Coupal says. “So obviously there are equity issues.”

Supporters say the measure would help the entire Bay Area, not just tech companies. If it passes, it could be a model for other coastal cities looking for funds to deal with rising seas.

“This is a very tiny tax shared by a lot of people that generates a huge amount of benefit,” says Lewis of Save the Bay, “for San Francisco Bay, for people and wildlife.”… (more)

This doesn’t begin to touch the subject on Measure AA. This article only mentions a parcel tax. No mention of who is taxing, or who will collect, or who will receive, who will determine how to spend those tax funds. For that you need to look here:
http://sfbayrestore.org/docs/Restoration_Authority_Procedures_Infographic.pdf

What you see is a list of projects that are already underway or planned. They appear to have nothing to do with the Restoration Authority. It appears that someone came up with a job for themselves to distribute funds to the already working organizations. In order to do to do that job, they need you to pay them taxes. Wow. I wish I had thought of that! Here are some Examples of projects anticipated to be eligible for Restoration Authority grants listed on the SF Bay Restoration Authority site: http://sfbayrestore.org

If this perks your interest see the opposition side of the argument:
https://nine-county-coalition.squarespace.com

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