Promote Constitution

The Calaveras County Taxpayers Association (CCTA) has launched an outreach effort to promote constitutional principles through distribution of a booklet, The US Constitution and Fascinating Facts About It, to public officials and other leaders in Calaveras County. 

The group's President, Al Segalla, said "The first batch of booklets was presented to County Supervisors at its Board meeting Tuesday, February 25 and to the Planning Commission on March 13." 

More copies will be presented to other officials, educators and leaders in the near future.    A Constitution contest with prizes for students is being considered. CCTA previously sponsored a student contest for posters and essays and the proud winners were presented awards from Congressman, Tom McClintock." 

Bob Mulvany, CCTA Project Chair, said "These booklets are unique and have had over two million copies distributed worldwide.  The booklet contains so much more than the founding document, including Fascinating Facts About the Founding Fathers, The Declaration Of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, The Supreme Court and 20 Land Mark Cases In Supreme Court History to name just a few." 

The U.S. Constitution is one of the most influential legal documents in existence. Since its creation, some two hundred years ago, over one hundred countries around the world have used it as a model for their own.


Oak Hill Publishing Company, publisher of the booklets has created an extensive website, , which contains a huge amount of interesting information including a Fun Zone for kids.


Why such effort and expense? Segalla said: "If we would preserve our constitutional form of government, we may be able to offer future generations an environment of freedom and prosperity that has been so good for mankind."


For more information or to help, call 785-1491. 



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Taxpayer Association Raises Awareness

By Alicia Castro, Reporter, Calaveras Enterprise

Posted on July 26, 2013

In lieu of a Tea Party, the Calaveras County Taxpayers Association joined together for an afternoon barbecue Wednesday at Moaning Caverns Park in Vallecito.

The nonpartisan, nonprofit educational group aims at promoting wise use of public funds and protecting economic freedoms. It has co-sponsored four Tea Party events and five candidate forums over past years.

At its annual barbecue, the taxpayers association fed the masses with a meal catered by the Murphys Hotel and treated its guests to music by District 1 Supervisor Cliff Edson and Tonja Dausend of Burson.

Association President Al Segalla presented the Award for Excellence in Public Service to Brian Moss, administrator of the Environmental Management Agency. Moss also received recognition from the California Senate and Assembly.

Peter Racz, whom District 5 Supervisor Darren Spellman called a “frequent flyer” at county supervisor meetings, was given a surprise award for his dedication to the association’s mission.

“That’s perfect,” Racz said, looking at the plaque. Glancing up, he added, “Where’s the check?”

In addition to the awards, there was a panel discussion with Calaveras County officials: Lori Norton, chief administrative officer; Leslie Davis, assessor; Rebecca Callen, auditor/controller; and Barbara Sullivan, treasurer and tax collector.

After explaining their roles in the county, the panel was asked questions from the crowd – most notably, the state law or mandate they’d like to see clarified or changed.

Norton and Callen both referenced restricted purpose funds and called for more autonomy at the county level.

“If work is done locally, the money should be appropriated locally,” Callen said. “The state owes (us) a lot of money, and I would like to get it back.”

Callen also spoke to the need of matching expenditures against revenue. With expenditures increasing at a faster rate than revenue, she advised government officials to not make “creative” decisions.

“Our local government should be living within its means,” she said, to the hearty applause of the crowd.

Retired Sen. George Runner and Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, shared the floor in keynote speaking.

Coupal is the principal author of Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act. This proposition recently impacted Calaveras County when it mandated Calaveras County Water District to provide a 45-day notice of rate increases and made a 50 percent plus-one voter protest override possible.

The Howard Jarvis Association is also in the process of suing the state for the California Fire Prevention Fee, which was passed by a Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011.

The $150 annual fee, projected to raise more than $80 million to fund fire-prevention efforts, has begun to be levied upon more than 800,000 property owners whose homes sit within the 31 million-acre State Responsibility Area.

The Howard Jarvis Association website relating to the fee – – clearly outlines its stance.

“We believe this fee imposed by politicians is really an illegal tax under Proposition 13.”

Until the lawsuit reaches a conclusion, property owners are obligated to pay the fee or face penalties.

According to the State Board of Equalization, if the fee isn’t paid by its due date, a penalty of 10 percent of the fee will be added to the amount due. 

However, if the billing is appealed and the amount remains unpaid after redetermination, a doubled 20 percent penalty would be applied and accrued each month until the unpaid fee portion is paid.

“Legislature stuck it to the taxpayers,” said Runner, who represents the Board of Equalization’s 2nd District. “Not only with the fee, but the whole process.”

Runner’s district spans the vast majority of the state, and the Calaveras County Taxpayers Association calls him an “outspoken critic of the confusing and controversial California Fire Prevention Fee.”

The Howard Jarvis Association is still seeking petitions for redetermination, which can be found at firetaxprotest.comand the Calaveras County Assessor’s Office.

For more information about the Calaveras Taxpayers Association, visit

​Contact Alicia Castro, Reporter, at



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Taxpayers Present Awards in Murphys

The Calaveras County Taxpayers Association hosted its quarterly luncheon at the Murphys Historic Hotel, recently, with keynote speaker Congressman Tom McClintock, who presented Congressional recognition to County Assessor, Leslie Davis. Davis received the Associations award for Excellence in Public Servicewhich was presented by Association President Al Segalla. Davis also received recognition from Senator Tom Berryhill andAssemblyman Frank Bigalow which was presented by their Staff member, Dana Jorgensen.


The Association also presented a surprise recognition award to McClintock for his “continued work promoting Freedom, Prosperity and Constitutional Government for the people of California and the people of United States of America”.

Other surprise recognitions went to Association Directors Kyran Enzi and Steve Fairchild for their support and dedication to the Association.

The remarks preceding the award to Kyran Enzi were: “To Kyran Enzi for 5 years of loyal service to the Association as Secretary, including helping to organize five annual BBQ s, over 60 Board of Directors meetings and 15 public Luncheons. This is in addition to serving as president of the Copperopolis Areas Business Association, all while providing elder care for her mother, Alice, who quietly passed on January 6, 2013 at the age of 94.”

 The Historic Murphys Hotel received recognition for their support of the Association and providing excellent food and service at reasonable prices.

Also speaking was Rebecca Callen, County Auditor/Controller, who provided an update on county financial issues. There was some debate about the new CalPERS agreement as it relates to “defined benefits”.

Rich Taborek, innkeeper, talked about the proposed increase in the Transit Occupancy Tax which, he said, would provide entitlements to six nonprofit groups without oversight and also drop public works funding. Rebecca said that the proposed tax increase has not received proper legal review and is actually illegal as state law requires the Board of Supervisors to be responsible for local taxation. Other elected public officials at the meeting concurred with Rebecca.

Tom McClintock’s remarks included an update on federal issues and explained the current federal financial problem by comparing it with “a family that earns $27,000, but spends $36,000 and has run up a credit card debt of $165,000 is on the brink of financial ruin.  Proportionally, that’s exactly where our federal government is today.” He authored HR 444 which would require the President to balance the budget or propose a plan to do so.

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