ATRA in the News: Most Recent Articles

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.

Arizona Daily Star
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Tony Davis

The Arizona Tax Research Association says, however, that the state should lower tax-assessment ratios for all property owners rather than give some companies tax breaks, which it calls picking “winners and losers.”

Arizona Daily Star
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Murphy Woodhouse

Jennifer Stielow, with ATRA, suggested that a better legislative approach to the issue is to address the underlying issues that push tax rates in school districts and other taxing bodies higher, such as desegregation in TUSD.

Phoenix Business Journal
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Mike Sunnucks

The Arizona Tax Research Association opposed the tax increase contending backers of the proposal set up a false choice between the increases and cuts to police and fire.

The Arizona Republic
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Dustin Gardiner

However, Kevin McCarthy, president of ATRA, said the city's argument that it must keep a minimum balance in its reserve for bond projects is "complete nonsense." He said the city could likely avoid raising taxes for a few years by using up its reserve.

Friday, May 20, 2016
Mark Brodie

Kevin McCarthy discusses the proposed City of Phoenix property tax increase and why city leaders should be honest about bond elections.

Phoenix Business Journal
Friday, May 13, 2016
Mike Sunnucks

ATRA President Kevin McCarthy said farm equipment is generally exempted from state sales taxes, but there were concerns the Arizona Department of Revenue was going to reclassify crop dusters as aircraft, which can be subject to those levies

The Arizona Republic
Friday, May 6, 2016
Jennifer Stielow

City of Phoenix leaders are telling property taxpayers they aren’t sending enough money to City Hall. This is an ironic message from a city that has abused its tax-exempt status to shield scores of major private developments from property taxes.

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.