On Monday, July 17, the legislature passed Assembly Bill 398 which extends California’s Cap & Trade program. The result of this measure could raise gas prices by as much as 63 cents a gallon over the next decade as well as impact consumer costs on food, utilities and water.
I released the following statement in opposition to this tax:
“The latest Cap and Trade proposal will result in higher food costs, higher gas prices, higher utility bills, and a higher cost of living that hurts California’s working families.”
“This misleading proposal will not lower global temperatures or stop the Pacific Ocean from eroding our coast.”
“I stand with California’s working families, which is why I cannot support a tax and cap proposal that costs so much and promises so little in return.”
This cap-and-trade tax, along with the recently passed gas and car tax increases, will be a crushing blow to our pocketbooks.
Find out how much in total the cap-and-trade tax on gas in addition to the new gas and car taxes could cost you and your family each year. By entering your vehicle’s value, miles you drive per year, and average miles per gallon you can find out how much these new taxes could cost you each time you fill up.
Changes are Underway at the Board of Equalization
Massive changes are underway at the Board of Equalization (BOE) that I wanted to make you aware of. A recently passed law will restructure the agency into three separate entities.
The BOE will remain an independent entity headed by its five-member board and will continue performing its constitutionally-assigned duties: reviewing, equalizing or adjusting property tax assessments; assessing taxes on insurers; and assessing and collecting excise taxes on alcoholic beverages. The board will continue to hear current and new appeals on all tax and fee matters until December 31.
Starting January 1, 2018, appeals of all tax matters other than those constitutionally assigned to the BOE will be heard by the newly created Office of Tax Appeals (OTA). OTA appeals will include: franchise and personal income taxes, sales and use taxes, and other special taxes. Each appeal will be heard by a panel consisting of three administrative law judges.
As part of these changes, a newly created California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) was created, will be part of the governor’s administration, and report to the Government Operations Agency.
During the transition period (July 1- December 31), people paying taxes and fees should continue to file and make payments to the BOE as regularly scheduled. The BOE appeals process also remains the same through the end of the year. As changes are made to these processes they will be announced and posted on the new CDTFA website.
If you have questions about a tax issue or appeal during the transitional period, contact the BOE Call Center for simple questions or a referral to a new department. For more serious or complex issues contact the office of the Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate. Of course, you also can contact one of my offices, and we’ll be pleased to assist you.
Phone numbers for questions regarding taxes, fees and tax and fee appeals:
- BOE Call Center: (800) 400-7115
- Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate: (888) 324-2798
- 16th Senate District Office: (661) 323-0443
Around the District
State of the City in Bakersfield
(Photo Courtesy of April & Co)
Team Fuller’s Lilly Agbalog joined city leaders from Bakersfield to hear the State of the City presentation by Mayor Karen Goh where she spoke about her rebranding effort for the city.
The luncheon was also an opportunity to highlight progress with local transportation projects, the state of the city’s budget and possible plans to have more water flowing through the Kern River.
Re-opening of the San Bernardino Superior Court in Needles
On July 7th, Team Fuller attended the re-opening of the San Bernardino Superior Court in Needles, California with Honorable Raymond L. Haight III, the presiding judge of San Bernardino County Superior Court.
The courthouse has been shut down since 2013 due to budget constraints.
The courthouse will now be open on the first Friday of each month from 8:30am to 12:30pm and provide limited services including non-cash payments, traffic school sign-ups, payment extensions or scheduling a Court date.
Additionally, remote video proceedings will be supported by a judge sitting in the Barstow District. Additional services will be provided gradually as resources become available.
Crossroads Business Park Opens in Bakersfield
Team Fuller joined members of the Bakersfield business community to celebrate the opening of the Crossroads Business Park. The development was the product of the Wonderful Development Company and is proud to be Bakersfield’s first LEED-NC certified campus project.
The campus consists of 40,000 square feet of general and medical offices that provide tenants with money saving opportunities by more efficiently using water and energy.
Department of Defense Announces Policy Change for Military Exchanges
According to an announcement by the Kern County Veterans Service Department:
The Department of Defense (DOD) has announced that veterans will soon be able to shop online at military exchanges. The policy change will extend limited online military exchange shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans.
The shopping benefit will be effective this Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, and will include the four military exchange systems - Army and Air Force Exchange (AAFES), Navy Exchange (NEX), Marine Corps Exchange (MCX), and Coast Guard Exchange (CGX).
For more information contact: Dick Taylor at (661) 868-7320 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bakersfield Dress For Success
Dress for Success Bakersfield is an independent not-for-profit organization that offers services to help our clients enter the workforce and stay employed. Our clients come from diverse backgrounds, but have one thing in common: they are all seeking employment. Many of our clients come from low-income families and want to be independent from government assistance.
Clients are referred to the program by local area organizations, often called Partner Agencies. These organizations are job placement agencies, shelters and social assistance groups.
The target client base for Dress for Success Bakersfield includes employment-ready-women who, for a variety of reasons, have been marginalized from the work force.
They are inclusive of not only the economically disadvantaged, but also newcomers to the United States, single mothers, and victims of violence. While these women may come from diverse backgrounds, they are bound by their commitment to improve their personal lot in life.
For more information please visit: https://bakersfield.dressforsuccess.org/about-us/
Mobile Office Hours Schedule for August
Mobile Office hours are held to facilitate communication between my office and the communities we serve. The following is a list of Mobile Office locations for the month of August. Hope you can find the time to stop by!August 2nd:
Taft Chamber of Commerce
Mojave Air & Spaceport
California City Chamber of Commerce
Ridgecrest City Hall
Barstow Visitor’s Center at the Harvey House
Frazier Mountain Communities Family Resource Center
Kern River Valley County Admin. Building