ATRA in the News: Most Recent Articles

The Arizona Republic
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Rachel Leingang

The Arizona Tax Research Association has criticized ASU's real estate arrangements, saying they hurt local governments and other taxpayers. Marina Heights, for instance, avoided about $12 million in property taxes, ATRA said in 2017.

ASU State Press
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Grace Oldham

Brnovich is not alone in the criticism against the University's practice of renting land to for-profit businesses. The Arizona Tax Research Association spoke against the practice in a special report released in 2017.

Chamber Business News
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Megan Gilbertson

“Taxpayers should expect to see higher property taxes because rising K-12 budgets mean higher costs for overrides, which are calculated on a percentage of budget." -Sean McCarthy

National Review
Thursday, November 8, 2018
George Leef

In yesterday’s Martin Center article, Sean McCarthy of the Arizona Tax Research Association explains how this has been done in his state, with Arizona State University providing the tax-exempt basis for business development.

The Arizona Republic
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Paulina Pineda

Kevin McCarthy, president of the Arizona Tax Research Association, said politicians who make the jump from a lower-paid position to a higher-paid job to boost their pensions strain the state’s already overburdened retirement system.

The Arizona Republic
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Jessica Boehm and Rachel Leingang

Those buildings take up precious land in downtown that, if occupied by a private business, would bring in significant city revenue, ATRA President Kevin McCarthy said.
"As nice as it is to have ASU downtown ... none of those properties pay any taxes, so that's not going to help alleviate that property tax problem," he said.

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 New York Times
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Joe Gose

The pressure is yielding results, to varying degrees. Arizona has tightened rules around its primary abatement tool, and the St. Louis Board of Aldermen has drawn up guidelines to cap incentives based on a project’s size and location.

The Arizona Republic
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Russ Wiles

With one of the most complex and burdensome tax systems in the nation, Arizona will need to simplify matters if it hopes to generate more online collections, Kevin McCarthy said.