In response to community concerns about such issues as the rising cost of water, property tax increases and various other “fee” increases passed on to residents and businesses by our City government, a group of local residents recently announced the formation of a non-profit public interest organization, the Capistrano Taxpayers Association (CTA).
According to CTA’s mission statement, “the CTA will foster and advance the interest of taxpayers within the City of San Juan Capistrano, and immediately adjacent areas. Providing research, analysis, and education on matters of interest to said taxpayers while advocating fiscal responsibility, accountability and best practices in local government affairs."
The organization was the brainchild of local residents who have an interest in assuring that governing bodies comply with State and Federal regulations, the CTA intends to serve as a watchdog over elected officials and bureaucrats who spend taxpayer monies in order to assure that the public interest is protected.
The organization also plans to monitor the voting records of elected officials, especially with respect to taxation issues and will provide a “report card” to voters to use as an election guide.
The CTA is offering Associate Memberships for $25 per year. Membership fees will provide the member with a mailed copy of CCS newsletters for a year, access to the CTA website that contains insider information including research and reporting of issues of concern to Capistrano taxpayers and for establishment of a legal defense fund. Memberships are not tax deductable because the CTA is formed as a 501(c) (4) corporation in the State of California.
Membership is open to all San Juan Capistrano and nearby residents who have an interest in determining and protecting how their tax dollars are spent. To become a member or to support the CTA’s efforts, please visit the CTA website at: www.capotax.org or mail check payable to the CTA at:
Capistrano Taxpayers Association
P.O. Box 1452
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
You may also print out a Membership Application by clicking on this link: http://tinyurl.com/bw35tas