ATRA in the News: Most Recent Articles

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.

White Mountain Independent
Monday, August 27, 2018
Trudy Balcom

After seven years, a property tax override will again come before voters in Apache County on November 7. The ballot measure will request that voters approve an additional $2 million in property taxes annually beginning in fiscal year 2019-2020 and every year after that for the next six years.

Parker Pioneer
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
John Gutekunst

In their June 2018 newsletter, the Arizona Tax Research Association found Arizona Western College has the third highest primary property tax rate of the 12 community college districts in the state at $2.22 of $100 of net assessed value. The highest is Graham County/Eastern, at $3.33 of $100 of net assessed value. Cochise County has a primary rate of $2.40 of $100 of net assessed value.

Arizona Daily Star
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Hank Stephenson

To that end, Clodfelter invited the Arizona Tax Research Association, a conservative tax watchdog group that has long advocated for eliminating the district’s $64 million desegregation budget