ATRA in the News: Most Recent Articles

The Arizona Republic
Friday, January 5, 2018
Bob Robb

ATRA estimates that the State Farm complex, if not lent ASU’s exempt status, would be paying $12 million a year in property taxes. ATRA estimates the cost to the state of State Farm’s tax exempt status at $3.5 million a year.

The Arizona Republic
Monday, December 18, 2017
Laurie Roberts

“Until recently, universities have not aggressively used their tax-exempt status to become real-estate developers …,” ATRA President Kevin McCarthy told me. “They are totally playing with other people’s money. It’s a complete win.”

Arizona Daily Star
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Tim Steller

“Ever increasing rates are complicated by people’s easy access to avoid that,” Kevin McCarthy told me. “Main street businesses are put at an even further disadvantage.

The Arizona Republic
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Sean McCarthy

It must be odd for City of Phoenix officials to admit they cannot sell their prized jewel, the Sheraton hotel, without guaranteeing the buyer won’t pay Phoenix’s high business property taxes. The incentive deal they are offering the buyer adds insult to this injurious affair.

The Arizona Republic
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Dustin Gardiner

"The incentive deal they are offering the buyer adds insult to this injurious affair," Sean McCarthy, senior research analyst at the Arizona Tax Research Association.

The Arizona Capitol Times
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Jennifer Stielow

If the county is to ask its voters to approve a sales tax increase, it should not carve out certain transactions for expedience.

The Arizona Republic
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Dustin Gardiner

“I think it’s a particularly bad idea,” said Kevin McCarthy, president of the ATRA. “Trying to get out from underneath the reality of what we are facing ... it’s the last thing that we ought to do.”

Arizona Capitol Times
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Sean McCarthy

It was a surprise and a pleasure to see the Arizona School Boards Association President Tim Ogle weigh in so publicly about his concerns with equitable school funding. On this point, taxpayers and school advocates should be in harmony: Arizona’s outmoded funding formula is ill designed for the 21st century.

The Arizona Capitol Times
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Jennifer Stielow

Several proposals have come before the Arizona Legislature to loosen confidentiality protections and this year’s session brought yet another challenge under SB1242. The bill would allow the release of confidential taxpayer information to a third party to assist government in performing its tax administrative duties.

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