“INSIDE EDITION” TELEVISION SHOW EXPOSES N.B. LIFEGUARD’S SCAMMING THE SYSTEM – WATCH THE VIDEO
Wednesday evening we expect the City Council to impose a new tax of 20% on the gross sales of commercial marina owners. Of course, this tax will get passed on to the public that rents slips.
Why should you attend this meeting? Because residential dock owners are next!
The City wants to raise over $100 million in new taxes to fund Harbor improvement projects. We dispute the need for some of these projects. Specifically, city staff feels Global Warming requires that the Balboa Island seawall should be raised. Staff believes over $100 million should come from new taxes on three sources; mooring holders, marina owners, and residential dock owners. They have already increased mooring taxes by 300%.
We hope our elected officials will reject the staff recommendation and adopt a more reasonable approach.
Three weeks ago our legal counsel, Kristine Thagard, requested the City and Stop the Dock Tax enter into a jointly funded forensic audit of the Tidelands Fund. This is the budgetary fund charged with Harbor and beach maintenance, improvements, and operations. It cannot be used other city expenses that are unrelated to the Harbor and beaches. We have heard rumors of mismanagement of the Fund and felt it was prudent to have a detailed audit. Our request was rejected. Lifeguard salaries and benefits compromise part of the Fund’s expenses.
An example of our concern can be found in last week’s Inside Edition television show segment about two Newport Beach lifeguards (see video clip below). The segment includes a discussion of lifeguards possibly cheating taxpayers by getting paid for not working. In one example, Inside Edition follows a N.B. lifeguard to San Francisco where he watches his daughter’s water polo game – while he was on the clock being paid by Newport taxpayers.
Before the City imposes a new 20% tax on gross receipts on marina owners and a rumored new tax on residential dock owners we need a full accounting of the Tidelands Fund.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Attend the Special City Council meeting this Wednesday evening. The City Council will consider a new 20% tax on marina operators.
When: Wednesday, September 12
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Newport Beach City Hall
Purpose: Voice your opinion on the plan to impose a new 20% tax on commercial marina operators. (We believe residential dock owners are next)
POST A “STOP THE DOCK TAX” SIGN IN YOUR YARD
I’ve designed these signs for your front yard, dock, or window.
Call and stop by my home to pick up a sign:
1410 South Bay Front
Chairman, Stop The Dock Tax