Municipal and County Government

Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, February 11, 2011
Jeremy Duda
The delicate balancing act involved in changing Arizona’s property tax structure will leave some homeowners paying higher property taxes. Because of the way property taxes are structured in Arizona, any decrease in the commercial property assessment ratio will shift a higher tax burden onto homeowners. School districts and other entities that levy property taxes set their rates to reach a certain dollar amount, and when one rate is lowered, others rise accordingly.
Dolan Media Newswires
Monday, January 31, 2011
Gary Grado
PHOENIX, AZ -- The annual futility of efforts either to abolish Arizona’s tax on business equipment and machinery or to increase the exemption has not deterred the many critics of the tax. This year’s version, HCR 2006, takes a novel approach to formulating the tax exemption, which, if passed by voters, would increase from $66,440 annually per company to almost $1 million.
East Valley Tribune
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Garin Groff
Mesa is offering more than $2.8 million in incentives to lure a beer distributor - and its 455 employees - to the city in what is the largest single influx of jobs to the community in years. Crescent Crown Distributing plans to break ground this month in west Mesa, moving from its current Phoenix locale. The site is in the middle of an area decimated in the last 10 years by an exodus of car dealers, a Motorola manufacturing plant, and stores of all sizes.
The Arizona Republic
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Jahna Berry and Lynh Bui
Not long ago, a government job meant almost rock-solid job security, generous benefits, and spending an entire career with one agency, city or school district. In the post-recession job market, that's not guaranteed. In Arizona, government workers at almost every level, from park rangers to office workers to street-repair crews, face a different reality.
The Arizona Republic
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Rebekah L. Sanders
One thing is clear: the picture today would look worse if last summer's bankruptcy had sent the Coyotes to Canada. Glendale could have lost out on $12 million in back fees owed by the team and eventually paid by the National Hockey League if the Coyotes had moved. The city's debt payments on Jobing.com Arena wouldn't have stopped. Service cuts to residents might have been deeper; city layoffs could have escalated.
Tulsa World
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Randy Krehbiel
The company that Mayor Dewey Bartlett wants to hire to collect Tulsa's city sales tax seems to receive generally good marks in at least two states where it does business, although some taxpayers complain that it is too aggressive and others don't like the idea of a private company having access to businesses' financial records.
Edythe Jensen
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Edythe Jensen
Everybody knows there's no avoiding taxes But few people know - or seem to care - what happens to the taxes collected by their home cities so long as needed services are provided. Even fewer can honestly say if they are getting good value for the money they hand over every month in property taxes, service fees and the "invisible" tax contributions they make every time they go shopping.
Tucson Weekly
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Jim Nintzel and Mari Herreras
It was another rough week for supporters of the Public Safety First Initiative, aka Proposition 200, which would require the city of Tucson to hire at least 333 cops and 70 firefighters over the next five years. First, in a long-rumored power play, Tucson Electric Power formally announced opposition to Prop 200.
Arizona Daily Star
Monday, October 26, 2009
Kevin McCarthy
Taxpayers in Tucson, courtesy of Proposition 200, are being asked to amend the city Charter to strip the current and future City Councils of their authority to establish budgets for the police and fire departments. The Arizona Tax Research Association strongly urges Tucson taxpayers to reject this effort at ballot-box budgeting.
Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, October 2, 2009
Christian Palmer
Within minutes of hearing discussions of residential private golf course memberships, hilltop views and the actual market value of luxury homes in north Scottsdale, a hearing officer with the Arizona State Board of Equalization reached a conclusion - the value of Dennis Grose’s home had been overestimated by the office of Maricopa County Assessor Keith Russell by almost $250,000 dollars.

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