Municipal and County Government

Arizona Capitol Times
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Luige del Puerto
A move to cap secondary property taxes is underway at the Arizona Capitol. Under S1421, the existing limitations on annual increases in primary property taxes would apply to special taxing districts throughout the state. The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill by a vote of 5-1 on June 10. Its next stop is the Senate floor for a debate and a vote.
The Arizona Daily Star
Friday, June 12, 2009
Rhonda Bodfield
Homeowners could be on the hook for a larger portion of taxes to pay for city, county and school district bonds and overrides if the governor goes along with a provision in the budget just approved by the Legislature. For any election after June 30, the bill essentially cuts the ratio at which businesses are assessed to pay off those voter-approved obligations, from 22 percent to 10 percent — the same ratio at which homes are now evaluated.
The Arizona Guardian
Monday, June 8, 2009
Dennis Welch
A late addition to budget bills rushed through the Legislature last week would ease the tax burden on businesses by shifting it on to homeowners. The proposal drew no discussion during committees or floor debates and some lawmakers are just now realizing the full impact of the measure. Under the provision, secondary property tax rates for businesses would be cut by more than half for any bonds or overrides passed after June 30.
The Tucson Citizen
Monday, May 4, 2009
The Associated Press
PHOENIX - Arizona House Republican leaders sharpened their budget-balancing proposal Monday, saying provisions to get hundreds of millions of dollars from municipalities and school districts now include sweeteners and, for the cities and towns, would be voluntary. The Republican leaders formally introduced 10 bills to implement their version of the proposal - Senate GOP leaders have a similar one - and scheduled a Tuesday meeting for the House Appropriations Committee to act on it.
The Arizona Republic
Monday, March 30, 2009
Kevin McCarthy
The economic crisis facing Arizona is extraordinary. Arizona's unemployment is up to 7 percent, and 155,000 Arizonans lost their jobs in the past year. This economic collapse has led to a record state budget deficit.
The Arizona Republic
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Matt Benson
A coalition of 21 Arizona business groups has penned a letter to legislators, asking for a permanent repeal of a state property tax.
The East Valley Tribune
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Mark Flatten
The deep slide in East Valley home values is showing up in property tax assessments being mailed out to homeowners, but don't expect that to translate into a drop in your tax bill anytime soon, if ever.
The Arizona Republic
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Craig Harris
With support from business groups and tax-reduction advocates, an Arizona House panel Monday approved a bill that would permanently repeal a statewide property tax. The move is projected to provide $250 million in annual tax relief.
Arizona Daily Star
Friday, February 13, 2009
Editorial Board
The Arizona Legislature should not welch on its deal to return some of the sales taxes we pay in Tucson to support Downtown redevelopment. Members of the Senate Finance Committee were sometimes sarcastic with Downtown redevelopment supporters during a hearing Wednesday in Phoenix. They also expressed disappointment with a presentation by Rio Nuevo Director Greg Shelko.
The Zonie Report
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
John Collins Rudolf
SONOITA — As chief of the Sonoita-Elgin Fire District in Santa Cruz County, Joseph De Wolf oversees the response to everything from large wildfires to rollover accidents involving speeding trucks full of illegal migrants. He does it all on a budget of only $890,000 – not enough to meet the challenges he confronts every day, he says. “We’re under a huge amount of financial pressure right now,” De Wolf says. “I don’t have what I need to cover my area.”

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