Taxpayer advocacy comes to West County

Taxpayer advocacy comes to West County

By Susan L. Pricco

Who enjoys paying taxes?  In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Sales tax, property tax, assessments, federal, state, special districts, cities, other local agencies – all add up.  But what is reasonable?  Where does your money go?  For 80 years, the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association, also known as CoCoTax, has been studying, informing, educating and advocating for taxpayers on any matters concerning taxation in this county.  With their focus on “good government at affordable cost”  the non-partisan association is “dedicated to promoting accountable, cost-effective and efficient government and opposing unnecessary taxes and spending.”

You may have seen CoCoTax responding to ballot measures, speaking at city council meetings, the County Board of Supervisors, Boards of Education or even read their Opinion articles in the newspaper.  In these days of increased taxation as a result of legislature or voters, it is more important than ever to be informed, to voice your concerns and to hold our agencies accountable. 

Now there is a branch of this fine organization in West Contra Costa County. 

Meeting in Pinole at the Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Road, on Monday, July 10, 2017 from 6:30-8 pm County Treasurer and Tax Collector, Russell Watts, will be speaking on tax matters and explanations important to West County residents.  Do you know your TRA?  You will find that acronym on your ad valorem tax statement, but many do not know the meaning or importance of that information or where to find the specific information contained in it.

Meetings are free and open to all.  For more information, go to, Facebook or call 510-206-3962.

Susan L. Pricco is chair of the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association’s West County branch.