Taxin’ Troy Edgar Caught Supporting another Tax
Posted by OC Insider on August 7, 2012
Troy Edgar got dubbed “Taxin’ Troy” because of his record of raising taxes and fees on his City Council. But the more we dig, the more we find that his record of tax and fee increases stretches well beyond just the City Council. Like so many people in local office, Troy Edgar loves serving in regional government. He’s served on most every Board, receiving most every stipend along the way, in Orange County. And he’s raised taxes and fees on most of them.
For those new to the party, here is a quick refresher on Troy Edgar’s taxin’ past.
1. Troy Edgar rejected the No New Tax Pledge.
2. Troy Edgar has voted for over a dozen new taxes and fees.
3. He is pushing for a massive utility tax increase in Los Alamitos. See Here and Here (The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association called it a “massive tax increase”, when Vallejo tried to do the same thing.)
Now new evidence shows Troy Edgar supporting even more tax expansions. In this case, Troy Edgar’s membership on the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) is the culprit.
From looking at the meeting minutes, Edgar mostly shows up, votes yes on everything, collects his per diem, and calls it a day.
And by voting yes on everything, I mean everything. In May of 2010 for example, Edgar decided it was a great idea to support a resolution advocating for passage of AB 2554 (Brownley 2010). What is AB 2554 about?
AB 2554 conferred additional fee raising authority upon the LA Flood Control District. Basically, it made it much easier for the district to raise fees on tax paying homeowners within its boundaries.
Who opposed this massive tax increase?
As you would expect, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) was opposed to the bill. In its opposition letter HJTA states,“Considering that Los Angeles County has a $2.4 billion General Fund budget and record $1 trillion on IRS property tax roll, there is plenty of money to go around. We simply do not see the need to authorize a new method to exact more money from the California taxpayer.”
In addition to HJTA, every Republican member of the legislature voted against it
Voting NO from the Orange County delegation:
Senate: Harman, Wyland, Correa (Yes, even OC Democratic Senator Lou Correa opposed the bill (Huff and Walters, ABS)
Assembly: DeVore, Hagman, Harkey, Miller, Norby, Silva, Tran
Again, Troy Edgar stands alone in supporting yet another massive tax expansion. With the Republicans’ Legislative Caucuses teetering on falling beneath the 2/3 threshold, sending Troy Edgar to Sacramento is a risk we just can’t afford. He’s just lived up to his name of “Taxin’ Troy” too many times.