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“Frankly, KernTax is substantially more engaged and effective than most county taxpayer associations.  Of the many around the state that I have worked with, only San Diego's compares, in my judgment.” - Dr. Adrian Moore, Vice President, Reason Foundation

"Accordingly, I remain sensitive to customers in Kern County and other such inland climate zones where usage spikes in the summer months mainly due to air conditioning needs result in adverse billing impacts. In addition, I appreciate the valued input of KernTax4 in this proceeding as a non-traditional intervenor, and believe that this decision provides measured relief for the ratepayers that KernTax represents." 

TIMOTHY ALAN SIMON,  CPUC Commissioner, May 31, 2011


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KernTax is a member-supported, 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, with the mission to bring about more accountable, effective, efficient, reliable  government.  Basing its actions on common sense, innovation, and the long-term view, KernTax crafts positions based on adopted values.  Founded in 1939, KernTax is the guard dog protecting the 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: