San Diego County Taxpayers Association Announces New Process to Evaluate Climate Action and Related Plans
New process is similar to the Association’s school bond evaluation criteria.
San Diego (July 12, 2017) — The San Diego County Taxpayers Association informed public agency and elected leaders throughout the region on Tuesday that they should prioritize cost effectiveness while pursuing climate change goals. In a letter to leaders across the region, the Association also announced it is developing a new endorsement process that local governments should pursue to ensure climate change policies create the highest return on investment for taxpayers. The new process is similar to the Association’s school bond evaluation criteria, which San Diegans have relied on for decades.
Several cities are considering Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), including the City of San Diego, which plans to receive a CCA feasibility study soon. The Association strongly believes it is premature to enter into a government-controlled energy model without knowing the true costs to taxpayers, which are still being debated by state regulators.
“It is important that our leaders tackle climate change in a cost-effective manner,” said Haney Hong, president and CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. “Climate Action Plans are created to achieve important environmental targets, and we should weigh costs against benefits when considering a policy to achieve those targets. Policies should be chosen based on taxpayer protections and the greatest return on investment of taxpayer dollars, not what sounds sexy or is politically convenient. Political convenience is why our children are going to be saddled with so much public pension debt.”
Fifteen of the 18 cities in San Diego County have either completed or begun development of a Climate Action Plan, and many will begin considering policy choices as they develop detailed implementation plans. The Association will be evaluating potential climate action-related implementation choices through its new endorsement process, which will be completed by summer’s end.
The San Diego County Taxpayers Association (@sdcta) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, dedicated to promoting accountable, cost-effective and efficient government and opposing unnecessary new taxes and fees. For the last 70 years, the SDCTA has been providing information to help educate the public and save the region’s taxpayers millions. Public opinion polls consistently rate the SDCTA as the most "influential” and “trusted” public policy institution in San Diego.