Scott Barnett Launches TaxpayersAdvocate.org on Roger Hedgecock Show
Will “Aggressively Participate” in Fiscal Issues—Endorse Candidates
San Diego—Long time taxpayers advocate Scott Barnett announced today the activating of a taxpayer’s watchdog group, TaxpayersAdvocate.org.
“The financial crises at the local, state and national level are too severe for us to sit on the sidelines,” said Barnett, who formally launched the group on the Roger Hedgecock radio show last Wednesday. Barnett, who will serve as the group’s president, is a former Del Mar City Councilman, and served 7 years as executive director of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (which has no affiliation with TaxpayersAdvocate.com). The TaxpayersAdvocate.org advisory Board and initiatives will be announced in coming days.
“The pension and budget disasters at San Diego city hall, the gimmickry being used on the state budget, and $300 Billion federal deficit are just the obvious fiscal nightmares which are degrading our quality of life and robbing our children’s future,” said Barnett. “The budget shortfalls at the city, in our schools and the huge infrastructure backlogs are primarily a result of mismanagement, not revenue shortfalls as most of our politicians would have us believe,” said Barnett citing huge growth in revenue growth to government coffers. “Unfortunately our elected officials are spending it faster then it is generated.”
Barnett praised the work of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, the Performance Institute, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and other taxpayer groups and individuals as “lonely voices,” calling for reform.
“But the job is too big, and we cannot remain on the sidelines and witness the decline of our nation, state and neighborhoods.”
Barnett said that TaxpayersAdvocate.org will “aggressively participate in the political dialogue” and be watching and commenting on proposed governmental budgets and programs.
TaxpayersAdvocate.org is a non-partisan organization, but will endorse and campaign for viable candidates and ballot measure “which represent the best interest of the taxpayers,” Barnett said.
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