Updated: Mar 9
2020 Presented challenges like nothing before, and we will have our work cut out for us in 2021. The Ventura County Taxpayers Association remains out in front of major taxpayer issues representing Ventura County citizens.
We hold our elected officials accountable by investigating their actions through FOIA requests, publication of articles, working with private and public sector decision makers, and speaking on behalf of the taxpayers at public hearings. We maintain strong ties to CoLAB and local Chambers of Commerce. And through these partnerships, we successfully engaged local sponsors to support events with VIP speakers. Finally, we provided educated and informative positions on initiatives that affected every taxpayer in Ventura County.
The Ventura County Taxpayers’ Association (VCTA) is a non-partisan 501(c) (4) organization emphasizing issues that affect Ventura County. Our mission is to inform taxpayers, promote the wise use of public funds, advise public officials regarding taxpayer issues, and recommend positions that best serve the taxpayers’ interests.
Examples of Ventura County Taxpayers Association in action during 2019 - 2020:
1. VCTA we instrumental in getting the Ventura County CEO, CFO and Auditor-Controller, as well as members of the BOS to resolve the inefficiencies within the Ventura County Medical Center Public Hospital. This led to a new management team, reduced operating losses, and repayment of tens of millions to the General Fund, verified by an internal control audit.
2. VCTA teamed up with HJTA and filed a lawsuit against the City of Simi Valley to assert the rights of citizens to vote on the Council’s proposal to issues $150M in risky “pension obligation bonds” to fund the unfunded pension liability for City employees. VCTA was victorious, forcing Simi Valley City Council to seek ballot approval from its constituents.
3. VCTA was alerted to Board of Supervisors proposed Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that favored trade unions over equal competition. In response, VCTA worked with local contractor groups, county staff and members of the BOS to offer a policy that would require all county projects to be bid twice, first as a PLA (union) job. This resulted in fair access to both union and non-union contractors, reduced costs and increase public value that favors taxpayers.
2021 VCTA is ready to step up to the next level. We plan to take on new, more robust issues on behalf of the taxpayer. We will continue to monitor government actions with an eye on protecting tax dollars. We plan to increase our hosted events with influential speakers. And finally, we will be taking a multiphased approach to growing our social media presence through targeted campaigns and membership drives.
We must raise $100,000 this year to maintain the fight. Your contributions directly support VCTA in our continued goal of maintaining and advancing meaningful action on behalf of the taxpayers of Ventura County.