The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, California’s most influential taxpayer-advocacy organization, is awarding its prestigious Taxpayer Organization of the Year prize, and a $1,000 grant, to Marin’s Coalition of Sensible Taxpayers. This annual prize recognizes outstanding effort by a local taxpayer organization or leader.

CO$T is a nonpartisan organization representing the rights and interests of Marin’s taxpayer-voters on issues of tax and essential-services fee affordability, fairness, and transparency. CO$T’s leadership team is known for its financial expertise and deep-dive research. The Marin Independent Journal dubbed CO$T’s President and Founder, Mimi Willard, “Marin’s Budget Hawk.”

In awarding its Taxpayer Organization of the Year prize, HJTA President Jon Coupal cited CO$T’s unique nonpartisan coalition as an innovative approach to taxpayer advocacy in California.

“CO$T appreciates HJTA’s support of local taxpayer groups,” Willard said, “as well as its leadership in defending California taxpayer rights via legislative advocacy, and its legal challenges to breaches of California taxpayers’ constitutionally protected rights. We’d also like to thank HJTA President Jon Coupal, who was a guest speaker in CO$T’s acclaimed Taxpayer Forum series of educational talks featuring experts on California taxpayer issues.”

CO$T operates under IRS code 501(c)4 as a tax-exempt social welfare organization; it also operates the CO$T Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt entity supported by tax deductible contributions that fund research and educational activities benefitting taxpayer-voters. To learn more or sign up for alerts, visit COSTMarin.org.