Special Districts

The Capitol Times
Friday, April 15, 2016
Jeremy Duda
“The bottom line is, when bonds go bad, people are responsible, and that responsibility would ultimately fall, depending on the location, on the city of Phoenix … or the state of Arizona or the Board of Regents if it’s out at Arizona State (University),” McCarthy said.
The Arizona Republic
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Craig Harris
McCarthy noted with interest that the Coyotes are seeking a new arena at the very time the Diamondbacks have threatened to leave Chase Field... In both instances, he said, the public likely is not in the mood to pay for new sports complexes.
The Arizona Republic
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Alia Beard Rau
Jennifer Stielow explained that most fire districts didn't cut tax rates when property values were exploding. When values began to fall, districts began to hike their rates.
The Arizona Capitol Times
Monday, August 17, 2015
Sean McCarthy
The loan default is just the latest indicator. The manner in which the district is spending their recently approved bond money is worse.
The Arizona Capitol Times
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Gary Grado
Kevin McCarthy said he sees the unpaid loan as ironic because the Board of Supervisors knew in 2003 that running a county hospital was not profitable, and decided to push for the creation of a special taxing district instead of eliminating the hospital.
The Arizona Capitol Times
Monday, July 27, 2015
Gary Grado
"It wasn’t part of the [bond] package, and it certainly reinforces how broke they are that the very first thing they’re going to do is basically get all of these payments off the general fund,” McCarthy said.
Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, October 3, 2014
Gary Grado
A hospital district has spent $570,000 on an ad campaign launched two weeks after its board called for a nearly $1 billion bond election. The taxpayer-funded advertising campaign is running at the same time a separate, political group pushing for passage of the bond proposal launches a nearly $800,000 television ad campaign.
AZ Central
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Michelle Ye Hee Lee
[ATRA] argues taxpayers agreed to create the Special Health Care District to provide subsidized health-care services for the poor, yet the district is proposing to "dramatically expand" its mission.
Arizona Capitol Times
Monday, August 18, 2014
Gary Grado
The first to publicly oppose the bond [has] been ATRA, [they] question the necessity and timing of a safety-net hospital in the age of the federal Affordable Care Act and the amount of debt that taxpayers will have to shoulder for a relatively small Maricopa County Special Health Care District.