October 2017: Latest changes in the way we vote in Stanton
Tax and fee increases have gotten out of control for some time and in too many cases they are increased without a vote of the people. David Shawver has quite a record of raising taxes and fees especially in Stanton:
2017 - First of all, in Stanton we have to remember we have lots of fees on things like a cable TV franchise fee, SoCal Edison franchise fee, lighting and landscaping fee, protective service fee... And who knows where all these fees came from since it's difficult to keep track of them all and too many times Stanton Residents were not allowed to vote on these fees.
2016 - Shawver worked to stop the rescinding of the Stanton Sales Tax with the use of the "Talk On The Block" community meeting.
2016 - Shawver raised the fees on the local Stanton sewer tax multiple times over the past few years without a vote of the people. Notice this is in addition to the county sewer fee he has been increasing as well.
2015 - Shawver increased the Stanton trash fee without the vote of the people. Again Stanton is near the top of rates charged out of all cities in Orange County and about 25% higher than Tustin which uses the same trash hauler. How can this be justified!
2014 - Shawver put the Stanton Sales Tax Increase on the November 2014 Stanton ballot which passed making it the highest sales tax in Orange County.
2013 - Shawver voted for 5 years of increases on the county sewer fee while serving as Stanton's representative on the County Sanitation District Board. In 2008 the fee was $199 and now in 2017 it will be $339. Again, this was done without a vote of the people.
2012 - Shawver promoted the Measure G bond which increased property tax bills. This was the Savanna school bond but just 17 months earlier Savanna sold Mary Perez School to Stanton for $12.5 million so was an increase in the property tax bill really necessary?
2012 - Major fundraising and campaigning in favor of the 50% utility tax increase leads back to Jennifer Shawver. It looks like tax raising runs in the family.
2012 - Shawver voted to place a 7.5% tax on Stanton's cable television on the Stanton ballot. This is in addition to the franchise fee that is already on the bill which was put on there without a vote of the people.
2012 - Shawver voted to place a 50% increase on the Utility Tax on the Stanton ballot. This would have pushed the utility tax from 5% to 7.5%. This utility tax is also on cellphones.
2010 - Shawver voted for an increase in Stanton’s trash franchise fee without the vote of the people.
2008 - Shawver voted for 5 years of increases on the county sewer fee while serving as Stanton's representative on the County Sanitation District Board. This was done without a vote of the people.
2001 - Shawver supported the Stanton utility tax.
1997 - Shawver supported the Stanton parcel tax.
1994 - 2001 - Council Member Shawver did not let Stanton voters vote on the utility tax from the time he got into office in 1994 until 2001.
1994 - Shawver promoted this message, "I have always fought against the utility user's tax. And it appears no one on the council has even taken a look at other resources, because it's easy to keep spending our tax dollars.". Council Member Shawver has been on the Stanton Council from 1994 to present and so has this utility tax. Why hasn't Dave Shawver kept his promise?
David Shawver needs to work to improve business retention. We have only 2 major grocery stores left! Shouldn't that be telling us something?
David Shawver needs to work to reduce unemployment. Our unemployment rate is always next to the top (when not #1) out of all OC cities. We've got to turn this around.