ATRA in the News: Most Recent Articles

The Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, March 17, 2017
Kevin McCarthy

Local governments claim that “but for” these tax breaks, new development would not occur. City Hall proudly cuts the ribbon to the new restaurant or hotel while neighbors look on wondering why they pay the full rate. The truth is the “but for” argument is impossible to prove.

Arizona Daily Star
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Howie Fischer

“‘Tax expenditures’ is grounded in the notion that everything, all wealth, in Arizona is subject to tax, that which we get to keep is a ‘tax expenditure,’” McCarthy said.

National Post (Canada)
Friday, March 10, 2017
Kelly McParland

“Fundamentally, what you are doing is you are going into the state general fund and you are appropriating dollars to a private concern,” Sean McCarthy of the ATRA told the Arizona Republic.

Phoenix Business Journal
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Mike Sunnucks

NAIOP-AZ was among the real estate groups opposed to the new bill but worked out some compromises with the legislation's sponsor, Rep. Vince Leach, R-SaddleBrooke, and the Arizona Tax Research Association. The measure now moves its way to the Arizona Senate.

East Valley Tribune
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Jim Walsh,

Sean McCarthy challenged the Coyotes’ argument that the team is creating new tax dollars by building an arena on a vacant site. “You are not creating new disposable income. You are moving dollars around,” McCarthy said. “You can’t argue that moving dollars from one stadium to another is creating new dollars.”

Arizona Republic
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Laurie Roberts

“Fundamentally, what you are doing is you are going into the state general fund and you are appropriating dollars to a private concern,” said Sean McCarthy of the Arizona Tax Research Association.

Arizona Republic
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Bob Robb

This is not a $211 million cut to education, as critics are trying to spin it. There might be no reduction in funding, depending on what local voters do. But there would be an end to taxation without taxpayer accountability. What’s the argument against that?

Arizona Republic
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Ricardo Cano

"We don’t think that it’s rational that the taxpayers would be paying for this on a permanent basis," said Kevin McCarthy.

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

Phoenix Business Journal
Friday, December 2, 2016
Mike Sunnucks

McCarthy said sports teams need to pay for their own facilities... and the ASU development district where the new arena is proposed already retains property taxes within that district. “It’s already the mother of all property tax TIFs,” McCarthy said.