ATRA in the News: Most Recent Articles

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.

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.