About Us

TaxpayersAdvocate.org was formed in 2003 by Scott Barnett soon after ending his 7 year tenure as Executive Director of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

Taxpayers Advocate conducts studies on local government and on public and private programs and projects which impact the taxpayers.  Everything from school bond measures, to water rates to development projects.



Taxpayers Advocate has taken positions in dozens of ballot measures and signed numerous ballot statements In certain instances endorses candidates for local office.Taxpayers Advocate reviews issues

Facts are Facts! 

All are reviews are based on data and in most cases resulting from lengthy public records requests.  All of this material is available to any member of the public or media who wants to check our sources.


About Scott Barnett

Scott Barnett started in local government and politics with his election to the Del Mar City Council at age 21 in 1984 where he also served as the City’s representative on the North County Transit and San Diego Associan of Governments boards. Since then he has been been involved in hundreds of public policy issues as Executive Director of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association where he instituted the iconic Golden Fleece and Watchdog Awards, founded Taxpayers  Advocate, has run dozens of local political campaigns, and was an elected  Trustee (2010-2014) on San Diego Unified School Board where he lead efforts to implement innovative public-private partnerships which resulted in privately built public facilities, freed up budget dollars and generated new funds for student learning.

He served as a policy analyst and press secretary to a then Assemblyman Joel Anderson and was appointed by the Speaker Toni Atkins to the prestigious State of California Little Hoover Commission, a bi-partisan board including state legislators.

He is recognized as a skilled advocate and an expert in media relations and has appeared dozens of times on local, state and national media.

Strategic Partners

Taxpayers Advocate works with a wide range of experts, including Dr. Richard Parker, Professor Emeritus in Public Policy, at San Diego State University  continue


Taxpayers Award of Merit

Because Government Should be Recognized When They do Things Well!

Do you want your City/School District/Special District or Administrator to be recognized for quality service on behalf of the taxpayers?

Taxpayers Advocate believes that recognizing government efficiency and quality service is important!

The Taxpayers Advocate Award of Merit is given based on checklists of best practices or a more in depth  analysis of budgets, operations, service level satisfaction, CIP programs etc, depending on the wishes of the govern

Contact Taxpayers Advocate or Scott Barnett directly for more information on how your agency can earn the Taxpayers Advocate Award of Merit.


Other Areas of Expertise

Spending almost Four decades local government, politics and public policy issues in San Diego County, Scott Barnett is a recognized expert in local government and politics, specializing in political campaigns and strategic consulting on public policy, and land-use issues and media strategy. He also specializes in educations issue and has assisted public charter and private schools.

Scott Barnett has consulted on campaigns in small municipalities with a few thousand voters to large school district with several hundred thousand.  And unlike most all political consultants Scott Barnett has actually run and been elected twice.  For information contact: scottbarnettconsultingsd@gmail.com