KERN COUNTY TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION
KernTax is a member-supported, non-partisan, 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, whose purpose is to bring about, through cooperative effort and communication, greater economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in government, basing its recommendations upon the analysis of facts obtained through research. Being non-partisan, KernTax is politically independent, viewing matters and policies in an objective, impartial manner, and taking positions based on the Association’s adopted principles. Founded in 1939, KernTax has had only one bias, the best interests of Kern County taxpayers.
KernTax views any government collection of funds through any financial conduit to be taxation, be it a clearly identified as a tax, a fee for government service or a regulated rate structure. If it is excessive or not appropriate, KernTax must, by charter, act to educate and facilitate resolution and ensure fair representation and treatment. We do not seek subsidies; we simply seek fair return to our local citizens from all regulatory bodies and their agent for levied taxes, fees, etc.
ALL TAXES/FEES MUST BE FAIR. A beneficial tax distributes the burden evenly, provides services that are useful to the general public, and is levied only to pay for needed services. A bad tax splits the tax roll into high-payers and low-payers, is levied to give services to a few, and is used as an instrument of social policy.
ALL TAXES/FEES MUST BE UNDERSTANDABLE. A beneficial tax is visible, levied and spent by the jurisdiction closest to the voters, would be approved by the voters for generally desired services, and is identifiable with the services it provides. A bad tax is hidden as a fee or assessment, is levied by a remote level of government, is spent on services of least local value, would be rejected by voters, and is swept into a general fund where its use cannot be tracked.
ALL TAXES/FEES MUST BE COST EFFECTIVE. A beneficial tax pays only for the few services that can be best provided by government and supports efficient, useful governmental programs. A bad tax pays for services that could be effectively provided by the private sector and is wasted on programs of minimal value.
ALL TAXES/FEES MUST BE GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY. A beneficial tax pays for services that encourage growth of the private sector, is levied on consumption, and encourages capital formation. A bad tax discourages business development and is levied on production, savings, or investment.
KernTax evaluates all government expenditures using the following principles:
ALL EXPENDITURES MUST BE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE.
ALL EXPENDITURES MUST BE ECONOMICALLY SUSTAINABLE.
ALL EXPENDITURES MUST BE SOCIETALLY EQUITABLE.