I am a local contractor in Tracy. I’ve lived in Tracy most of my 47 years. I’ve had my state contractor’s license since 1992 and my city business license (a local tax) since the West Valley Mall was built.
After living at the same residence for more than 12 years, I moved in January about a quarter-mile from my old place. So when my city business license came up for renewal, the city wanted an extra $5 for a change of address and an extra $10 for a new home business application.
Nobody else wanted any money from me to change my address — not the Internal Revenue Service, not the state Franchise Tax Board, not the state Contractors Board, not my insurance companies, not my bank, not my phone company, not my cable, not my utility company. Only the city.
So I sent back my business license renewal with a note to change my address. A couple of days later, I got a call from the city about the change of address and the $5, so I filled out the form and went down to City Hall with 500 pennies. They refused my money.
Not only did they refuse my $5, they also gave me a new form for a “home business application” for the $10 more.
I refused to pay and left the application on the desk. So I was told that I was going to be reported to the development department — whatever that is.
I know people will scoff at me for making a big deal out of $15, but I am sick and tired of being extorted by the government. We business owners and citizens are being “15-dollared to death,” and I am not paying any more without a fight.
I just hope the city doesn’t send the fire department to collect the $15, because that might cost me an extra $300 paramedic fee.