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By Debra Desrosiers

HJTA President Jon Coupal presented the 2020 Taxfighter of the Year award to Bruce Lee, president of the Sacramento Taxpayers Association. (Photo by HJTA friend Bill Cardoza.)

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association honored W. Bruce Lee, president of the Sacramento Taxpayers Association, as HJTA’s 2020 Taxfighter of the Year.

Despite all the challenges of the pandemic in 2020, many taxpayer watchdog groups were still out there fighting for taxpayers. Limitations on physical access to public meetings and ever-changing guidelines did not stop the Sacramento Taxpayers Association, led by Bruce Lee.

Pinpointed targets were the key for the group, and they accomplished six major wins:

  1. Measure A – Sacramento County’s proposed 40-year half-cent sales tax increase – DEFEATED.
  2. Measure M – City of Citrus Heights’s proposed one-cent sales tax increase – DEFEATED.
  3. Proposition 15 – Statewide split-roll property tax – DEFEATED.
  4. Proposition 21 – Increased local rent control authority – DEFEATED.
  5. Attempt to change the local Election Cycle for County Sheriff, District Attorney and Tax Assessor – DEFEATED.
  6. Attempt to impose $10,000 fines on businesses for COVID-19 guidance violations – DEFEATED.

Bruce has been a longtime community advocate for taxpayers and responsible government. He has held many positions over the years, such as mayor of the City of Loomis, chairman of the Placer County Flood Control District and treasurer of the Sierra Economic Development District, among many other board positions.

HJTA President Jon Coupal presented the award to Bruce in June during the annual Sacramento Taxpayers Association member meeting. “Bruce is such a dedicated guy that has accomplished so much in such a short period of time,” he said.

Bruce has been president of the Sacramento Taxpayers Association since March 2020.

The Taxfighter of the Year Award is presented annually to honor an individual or group that has shown exceptional dedication to protecting taxpayers. Their accomplishments frequently require the investment of a great deal of personal time and energy. Howard Jarvis often said the successful passage of Proposition 13 could be summed up in three words: “and then some.”


HJTA’s Debra Desrosiers was honored by the Sacramento Taxpayers Association for her work protecting taxpayers.