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CO$T Releases Its Sensible Tax Principles - Criteria for Marin Voters & Tax Issuers

Is this a "Good" tax or a "Bad" tax? Here's how to decide.

The Coalition of Sensible Taxpayers has just released its list of Sensible Tax Principles (see below). These principles define what taxes/fees are fair and affordable to taxpayers, while recognizing and supporting the importance of essential taxpayer-funded services to our collective well-being.

We will be encouraging local government, agencies, and districts to abide by CO$T's Sensible Tax Principles. We hope that engaged citizens will also demand the same.

CO$T's Sensible Tax Principles also serve as a scorecard for voter-taxpayers to use when considering proposed tax measures on the ballot or whether to protest (or support) rate hikes for essential services not subject to a vote.

CO$T will also, from time-to-time, evaluate a proposed tax measure with a recommendation (endorsement) of vote NO; vote YES; or no position. To reach that recommendation, CO$T relies on our Sensible Tax Principles, while giving weight to the parameters that are most important relative to the specific tax or fee. It's not a rigid system. It's sensible.

CO$T’s Criteria for Supporting or Opposing Specific Taxes and Fees:

At CO$T, we support sensible taxes and essential service fees – ones that are necessary, equitable, transparent, affordable, approved by popular vote, and expire at some reasonable time point. Appropriate taxes and fees contribute to our collective well-being. We work with elected officials in an effort to ensure all new/renewed taxes/fees meet a sensible standard.

CO$T evaluates proposed taxes and fees on the following specific criteria – and encourages voters and elected officials to do the same.

CO$T looks forward to working cooperatively with local jurisdictions, agencies, elected officials and community members toward sensible approaches to taxes and fees.


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