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Recent Publications

  • Taxpayers Win Gift Clause Challenge
  • Counties Increase Property Taxes Despite Healthy Reserves
  • Eastern College Raises Taxes 6% During a Pandemic
  • Cities & Towns to Increase Primary Property Taxes Over $10 Million
  • County Audits Reflect Loose Spending of Taxpayer Dollars
  • ATRA Tracking Local Government Tax Increases
  • Gadsden Elementary's Illegal Boondoggles
  • Coronavirus Forces Legislature to Adjourn
  • Teacher wages up, Competitive with Peers
  • Gov Signs Bill Requiring Tax Statements Include Tax Information
  • FY 2021 Taxable Property Values Up 5.7%
  • Arizona Lands $11.6B in Income From Migrants
  • The Coming High School Enrollment Decline
  • Expenditure Limits: Pension Liability Is Not Long-Term Debt

This primer is a thorough breakdown and history of public school finance in Arizona, to include discussions on recent trends and issues. 

ATRA in the News

The Arizona Republic
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Sean McCarthy

Opinion: Arizona cities, counties, library districts and community colleges may be tempted to ask more from taxpayers. They should use their savings first.

The Political Notebook
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Billy Robb

Sean McCarthy joins the podcast to break down some issues related to Arizona school finance. We talk about the funding formula and school choice, as well as emerging trends like declining district enrollment numbers and the rising cost of the state's retirement system.

Chamber Business News
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Victoria Harker

As student numbers decline and some schools fail to consolidate and adapt, taxpayers could be the ones footing the bill, said Sean McCarthy, senior research analyst for ATRA, which advocates for taxpayers at the local and state level.

KJZZ
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Mark Brodie

Many advocacy groups will be competing for Arizona lawmakers’ time and a slice of the state budget this year.
ATRA is included in that list. The Show sat down with the Sean McCarthy, senior research analyst there.