In February 2017, the Town Council unanimously endorsed SB1 and AB1, ostensibly providing Moraga with the benefit of receiving over $500,000 in additional state funds to repair local roadways.
Why is this a bad thing? Because the money has to come from somewhere, and that somewhere is your wallet:
Omitted from the Town's press release - which makes it sound as if the money is a reallocation or reprioritization of state funds - was that the source of these funds is from additional gas and vehicle (DMV) tax increases (12 to 20 cents additional per gallon; $25-$175 in additional registration fees per vehicle). This equates to approximately $400 in additional annual taxes for the typical Moraga household.
The unanimous endorsement was relegated to a consent agenda item, thus receiving no public discussion.
In other words, five councilmembers alone decided to endorse a $400 per household tax increase on 6,000 households without even asking the residents.
press release here: link
truth here: link
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