Property Tax

The Arizona Republic
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Catherine Reagor and Rachel Leingang
ATRA opposed the law that created the district as it moved through the Legislature. But Sean McCarthy, ATRA’s senior research analyst, said the final version did have valuable oversight and control mechanisms, like involvement from the county board of supervisors.
The Arizona Capitol Times
Monday, June 4, 2018
Ben Giles
Kevin McCarthy, president of ATRA, said seeking an opinion from the attorney general isn’t going to have an impact on whether Pima County officials must follow the new law.
Downtown Devil
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Rebecca Spies
ATRA was also happy with the changes, congratulating Rep. Leach on Twitter: “Another unanimous vote on GPLET reform today, sending the bill upstairs to the Gov. Provides needed reform on use of property tax abatement.”
Phoenix Business Journal
Friday, February 2, 2018
Mike Sunnucks A bill making its way through the Arizona Legislature puts restrictions on real estate deals crafted by state universities. It sets up another big political fight between the Republican Legislature and state universities — specifically Arizona State University.
The Arizona Republic
Friday, January 5, 2018
Bob Robb
ATRA estimates that the State Farm complex, if not lent ASU’s exempt status, would be paying $12 million a year in property taxes. ATRA estimates the cost to the state of State Farm’s tax exempt status at $3.5 million a year.
The Arizona Republic
Monday, December 18, 2017
Laurie Roberts
“Until recently, universities have not aggressively used their tax-exempt status to become real-estate developers …,” ATRA President Kevin McCarthy told me. “They are totally playing with other people’s money. It’s a complete win.”
Phoenix New Times
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Tom Carlson, Antonia Noori Farzan
Arizona Watchdog
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Christian Britschgi
The bill, while not abolishing GPLET, would change some of the more controversial aspects of the program by forcing lessees back onto the property tax rolls after eight years, a change from endless lease deals. It would also require local governments collect the tax.
White Mountain Independent
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Trudy Balcom
Stielow said that her organization annually reviews tax rate and levy sheet documents for all Arizona counties before tax bills are mailed to look for errors. “I’ve been doing this 16 years and every year there’s several errors across the state,” Stielow said
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Dennis Welch
"How any elected official can justify that regardless of what their economic challenges are is beyond me," said Kevin McCarthy, president of the Arizona Tax Research Association.


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