What We Do
Contra Costa local government is in financial crisis, largely due to rising pension costs.
Cities and schools are drowning in debt and reducing services to the public.
Meanwhile, local government keeps growing bigger and raising taxes.
Now more than ever, taxpayers need a voice.
We believe in limited government at reasonable cost. We strive to hold local agencies accountable, expect them to tell the truth and deliver services efficiently, responsibly and openly.
Past short-sighted decisions -- motivated by politics -- have placed today's Contra Costa local government agencies in financial crisis. Unaffordable pension and other public employee benefits are main drivers of the "service delivery insolvency" problem. Crushing debt is another contributing factor. As a result, taxpayers pay more and get less, as cities and schools pay for pensions by reducing services to the public.
ACCT seeks to give individual taxpayers a voice in local government decisions. These are some of our activities:
- Review local government policy proposals, analyze impacts and suggest ideas to public officials.
- Read local agency labor contracts, financial statements, policies and practices and speak out about problems.
- Alert members to emerging issues that deserve public attention and action.
- Organize and conduct campaigns to increase public awareness about government policies, decisions and ballot measures.
- Write ballot arguments opposing measures that are not in residents' interests.