October 24, 2018 - Measure M is not what it appears to be. Indeed, what’s happening here in Mariposa County is happening throughout the state in an effort by city and county governments to perpetuate unsustainable retirement programs in the face of rising unfunded liabilities for pensions and other post-employment benefits.
An article researched and written for the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization CALmatters revealed that there were over 100 such proposed tax increases on the June primary ballot, and found that dozens more were being planned for the November election.
Please check it out for yourself by searching for “Coy about taxes and pension costs” using your preferred search engine. Then take a moment to search and read about another County’s similar November ballot measure “Vote No On Measure E, Tax Transparency First”.
Here’s one particularly noteworthy quote from one of the above mentioned articles: “However, while seeking more money from their voters to cover their ever-increasing retirement costs, local officials have been very reluctant to say it’s for pensions, fearing backlash at the polls. Rather, on the advice of high-priced ‘consultants,’ they promise the new taxes will enhance such popular services such as police and fire protection and parks.”
Mariposa County’s high-priced consultancy was GrassrootsLab, and their work led to the “Mariposa County Disaster Response, Public Safety and Vital Services Measure” (Measure M) that is now on the ballot.
County government’s unfunded liabilities are a problem, but let’s stop playing politics and have an honest discussion about potential solutions.
Tell the Supervisors Mariposans deserve better by voting NO on Measure M.
30 Year Mariposa County resident and taxpayer