CO$T is a non-profit, non-partisan organization representing the interests of Marin taxpayers.

The Marin Association of Public Employees (MAPE)* is going on strike to force Marin’s Board of Supervisors to give them an 11% pay raise! Their demands are excessive and lack accountability.

Our supervisors vote on any contract. Tell them to reject MAPE’s demands. And insist that Supervisors who have repeatedly accepted campaign money from MAPE — Supervisors Katie Rice and Kate Sears — recuse themselves from MAPE-related contract votes and negotiations.

Enough is Enough!


Please consider the following reasons for supporting this petition:

Marin’s public employees are currently among the highest compensated employees in the entire U.S. (top 1%), even above (7.8% higher) San Francisco, where the cost of living is even greater than in Marin.
MAPE’s demanded pay raise is not performance based.
MAPE’s demanded pay raise is not need based.
The average Marin public employee makes $126,000 per year in total salary and pension and healthcare benefits. The average working adult in Marin makes $64,210.
MAPE salaries impact the County’s future pension and benefits liabilities. The County’s unfunded pension liabilities are already between $700 million and $1.2 billion (estimates vary).
The only way the County will be able to meet the additional financial obligation resulting from MAPE’s demands is by raising taxes and fees on Marin residents who, on average, earn less than County employees.
We, the undersigned, ask the Marin Board of Supervisors to reject the salary demands of the Marin Association of Public Employees.

The Coalition of Sensible Taxpayers hosted a public debate featuring the candidates running for Marin County District Attorney in the June 5th primary election. This is an important vote, as the DA — who leads the County’s staff of criminal prosecutors – has historically been reelected for multiple terms.

All three candidates — AJ Brady, Lori Frugoli and Anna Pletcher – participated in the CO$T-sponsored May 3 event, which was expertly moderated by the CA bar’s Exec Director. Click below for a video replay of the DA debate.

CO$T aims to:
1. Keep local taxes and fees on housing and basic services affordable.
2. Encourage officials to prioritize spending on the uses most important to taxpayers.
3. Improve transparency and fiscal responsibility at local agencies and districts.
4. Educate taxpayers about the cost and use of their local taxes and fees.
5. Urge that tax measures be fair, equitable, and approved by those who will be paying.

CO$T’s activities include:
1. Host non-partisan public meetings about local tax policies and the options.
2. Inform voters about proposed new and renewed taxes and fees.
3. Research whether new taxes and fees are necessary and how they will be used.
4. Investigate cost-effective alternatives to higher taxes and fees.
5. Guide local officials on which tax and spending proposals voters would favor.
6. Serve as Taxpayer Representative on district Citizen Oversight Committees.

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