KernTax provides a consistent presence
examining the actions of local goverments

KernTax is Kern County’s Leader on Many Taxpayer Issues

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.

KernTax’s Principles:

All Taxes & Fees

  • Must be fair.
  • Must be understandable.
  • Must be cost effective.
  • Must be good for the economy.

All Expenditures

  • Must be fiscally responsible
  • Must be economically sustainable
  • Must be societally equitable.

Latest News

KernTax 80th Annual Meeting

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Bakersfield Country Club 11:00 Doors Open 11:30 Annual Meeting 11:45 Celebrating KernTax’s 80th Anniversary 12:00

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KGET’s Kern County In Depth: Measure N Oversight Committee makes its first spending recommendations

KernTax Director Barry Hibbard and Executive Director Michael Turnipseed participating in a discussion on Measure N Oversight Committee’s first

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KGET’s Kern County In Depth: How will PG&E bankruptcy affect ratepayers

KernTax Director Jess Frederick and Retired State Senator Jean Fuller discuss how PG&E bankruptcy will affect ratepayers.  Kern County In

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KGET’s Kern County In-Depth: Revitalizing Kern’s Economy

Check out the segment KGET did on James Gollub and his plan for revitalizing Kern County’s economy! Kern County In-Depth: Revitalizing

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Kern Leaders Academy
c/o Kern County Taxpayers
Education Fund, Inc.
1401 19th Street, Suite 200
Bakersfield, CA 93301-4400

Phone: 661-322-2973

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What Others Say About the Kern County Taxpayers Association

“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 KernTax 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