Taxpayers must be represented in government.
Until the conditions that cause taxpayers to be disenfranchised are eliminated, a Taxpayer Oversight Board ("TOB") is necessary to represent taxpayer interests.
TOB is to be non-partisan to avoid conflicts of interest that influence agents and thereby dilute their service to all taxpayers. Consequently, TOB members are to be selected from all taxpayers. This is a form of direct democracy called sortition that was practiced by those who first created democracy. It takes a lot of computer power to sort randomly select a small number from a set of the 1 million or more taxpayers. Fortunately, the computer technology to enable sortition is viable today.
Eligibility: (1) taxpayer who paid at least $250 in either income or property tax;
(2) Age 18 to 80;
(3) US Citizen;
(4) Ability to read and write (documents will be translated to preferred language)
Term: Two (2) years.
Number: Number of members sufficient to achieve a statistically 95% confidence level
with an error rate of less than 7%. (this means those selected will represent the
total group of taxpayers at a 95% confidence level with a potential error of only 7%)
Other: Board members are to serve staggard terms such that there are three classes.
The first class of Board members may include up to 10% who are selected by Liberty Tree or an affiliate, provided they meet the eligibility criteria. This is necessary to provide some incentives for those taxpayers that make substantial contributions to support this government reform initiative for the good of all tax payers.