Tax talk: Legislative threats and optimism for taxpayers

David Wolfe, legislative director of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Contra Costa County taxpayers are invited to hear David Wolfe, legislative director of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, speak next month in Pleasant Hill.

His talk, “Threats and Optimism for Taxpayers from the California Legislature,” will take place at Black Forty Texas BBQ, 100 Coggins Drive, on March 22 from noon to 2 p.m., according to the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association (CCTA). Cost is $50 for members, $60 for non-members.

The tax talk will cover various related topics, such as the impacts of Proposition 13, and why it was passed. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers’ Association formed in 1978 — the same year that Prop. 13 passed. The organization pursues the advancement of taxpayers’ rights, including the right to limited taxation, the right to vote on tax increases and the right of economical, equitable and efficient use of taxpayer dollars, according to CCTA.

Wolfe has worked with the association for 11 years where he spends time in the State Capitol to write position letters and to testify on hundreds of bills.

“Dozens of these would have demolished the protections of Proposition 13, leading to higher taxes for millions of property owners,” CCTA said.

He also puts together an annual report card for all 120 legislators, gives speeches,  contributes to the Taxing Times quarterly publication and works on initiative campaigns to defeat taxes and advocate for property rights.

CCTA is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for taxpayer advocacy.