Tue. Sep 26th, 2023

No on AA

Argument against Measure AA

By: Madeleine Spencer

The city of Santa Ana is trying to sell Measure AA as a tax cut. In reality it is a massive tax expansion on everyone who owns a cell phone, uses text messaging, or has broadband service.

Residents will face a 0% to 5.5% city tax raise on their cell phones, broadband, text messages, and prepaid phones. Even features like 411, 800 and 900 calls, caller ID, call waiting and paying your phone bill with credit or debit card will incur this new tax.
In addition, all current and future businesses will incur a brand new 5.5% tax hike on mobile telecommunications, central office and custom calling features, conference calling, detailed billing, specialized phone systems, and other telecommunication services that are vital to business operations. The tax cap being removed may require our most important job creators to pay far more in taxes and discourage economic growth in Santa Ana.


If the city was willing to engage the people of Santa Ana in an honest and open way, and for a specific, necessary, and well communicated purpose, perhaps a temporary tax expansion would be warranted and even embraced by the community.
The city instead has been dishonest and cruel in its attempt to raise millions in new revenue from expanded taxes. Their misleading ballot measure is a tax hike during a budget surplus, for no urgent purpose, on already burdened businesses and residents.

In 1993, when the utility tax was last raised, they used the money to build a jail that has run multi-million dollar annual deficits for over a decade now. Our new city manager, the previous city manager of Phoenix, levied a regressive food tax to give millions in raises to city employees and give himself a 30% raise. It’s your money. Vote no on AA.

Measure AA lies


By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

3 thoughts on “Another argument against Santa Ana’s deceitful Utility Tax increase, Measure AA”
  1. Looks blatantly mis-leading to me as presented to the santa ana voters.
    Editor, you should call your Libertarian anti- tax crusading friends and tell them to come protest the city management and the city council.
    Hey that might work as a perfect distraction for the second meeting in a row to help Pulido avoid the investigation reading by the attorney.

    1. “According to Tim Bittle, director of legal affairs for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Proposition 218 prohibits using revenue from city-levied utility fees for general fund costs unless those costs can be justified as part of the cost of providing the utility.”

      Wonder if this is true for this on ancillary telecommunications features as on the water tax described in the article?


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