Municipal and County Government

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.”
Capitol Media Services
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Howard Fischer
The recently ended state legislative session didn't bring much conclusion to several high-profile proposals affecting Arizona businesses. A tax cut they sought isn't going to happen. There will be no limits on medical-malpractice lawsuits. And the state is not going to try to set up its own guest-worker program to help firms struggling to find qualified workers.
Mohave Daily News
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Paul Davenport
PHOENIX - The Arizona Legislature has tossed a political hot potato - the possible return of a suspended state property tax - to Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano. A House-passed bill to repeal a suspended state property tax cleared the Arizona Senate with no votes to spare Tuesday as one Democrat joined all but two Republicans in voting for the bill. The bill (HB2220) would permanently repeal a state property tax to avoid having it automatically take effect again.
The Arizona Republic
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Doug MacEachern
For those of us looking under rocks for the nation's Next Great Financial Crisis - failing investment banks and spiraling home-mortgage disasters? Bah! - bankrupt cities suddenly look promising. Late last month, the city of Vallejo, Calif., came within hours of declaring bankruptcy, largely because it no longer could bear the weight of the salaries and retirement benefits it pays its employees.
Arizona Daily Star
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Paul Davenport
PHOENIX — A business-backed Republican bill to permanently repeal a suspended state property tax has squeaked through the Arizona House with one vote to spare. The House approved the repeal bill Tuesday on a 32-28 vote largely along party lines. It takes a minimum of 31 votes for the 60-member House to pass a bill. The bill now goes to the Senate. The chief sponsor of that chamber’s version has acknowledged a Senate vote also would be a cliffhanger.
East Valley Tribune
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tribune Editorial
Queen Creek has put a lot of time and effort into preserving its small-town feel amid the waves of development washing east from Gilbert and north from Pinal County. But pushing back against such a tide can require a lot of money, even beyond the expected expenses of dealing with growth within its own borders.
East Valley Tribune
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sarah J. Boggan
Queen Creek has the highest per capita municipal debt in Arizona, and neighboring Gilbert ranks seventh for total municipal debt.
The Arizona Republic
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Kevin McCarthy
Dramatic fluctuations in the real-estate market in recent years have caused considerable unrest among property taxpayers across Arizona. Beginning in 2005, the Arizona real-estate market skyrocketed, particularly in the residential-housing market. As they are constitutionally required, county assessors responded to the market by increasing property valuations for property-tax purposes. In Maricopa County, residential properties increased 60 percent in most cases.
East Valley Tribune
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Beth Lucas
Gilbert voters will be asked to approve several provisions on Tuesday’s ballot, including a $174 million bond issue aimed at improving town roads and an $82 million school construction bond package. Town and school district officials argue proceeds from the bond issues, repaid through homeowner property taxes, will fill vital needs in the growing area. Traffic congestion is the biggest complaint throughout the town, said Town Councilman Don Skousen.
Parker Pioneer
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Joan M. Travis
Jennifer Schuldt of the Arizona Tax Research Association, asked a variety of questions about La Paz County's finances at the annual interview with the Board of Supervisors. ATRA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which analyzes each Arizona county's financial picture and tax rate. Schuldt, who serves as vice president of ATRA has come to La Paz several times prior; and informed the supervisors La Paz County was her final county stop, at the Aug. 1 meeting.


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