Education Finance

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Mary Beth Faller & Alia Beard Rau
After racing through the Senate in two days, the state budget has come to a screeching halt in the House as state lawmakers battle over key issues. Chief among them: a proposal to stop school districts from converting their schools to charters and, in the process, collecting more state revenue per student.
Miami Herald
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Bob Christie
The tax break didn't go unnoticed by Kevin McCarthy of the Arizona Tax Research Association, who warned that the Legislature had stopped creating the special property tax breaks
Arizona Republic
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Hayley Ringle
"This is not too far off from someone who lost their job, maxed their credit card and now wants an increase on their credit-card limit," McCarthy said. "In a normal time, I think there would be more sympathy for local government, but we have just been through a historic recession.
The Arizona Republic
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Bob Ortega
Secondary assessed property values ranged from the equivalent of just $514 per student in Pinon Unified School District in northeastern Arizona to nearly $2 million per student at Walnut Grove Elementary School District..
The Arizona Republic
Monday, February 20, 2012
Chip Scutari
"Public policy development through the courtroom rarely works out well," McCarthy said. "I think what he's done more often than not is create chaos. Tim drops bombs on the Legislature. At the end of the Students First fight, he was taking schools to a place they didn't want to go. He essentially ran them off the cliff."
Capitol Times
Friday, December 23, 2011
Luige del Puerto
ATRA president Kevin McCarthy said the cash, which he said has remained largely intact, raises a serious question: why does it exist if the colleges are not going to spend it in times of fiscal crisis?
Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, December 9, 2011
Jeremy Duda
“We are going to make that a temporary tax because we believe you just cannot fall back on extending taxes (or) increasing taxes to justify the spending of money we don’t have,” incoming Senate President Steve Pierce said at last month’s legislative outlook conference sponsored by the Arizona Tax Research Association.
The Arizona Republic
Monday, July 18, 2011
Megan Gordon
Several Southwest Valley school districts are asking voters to pitch in with extra money to sustain programs or increase funding to help maintain schools. Voters in the Fowler, Liberty and Littleton elementary and Buckeye Union High school districts will decide Nov. 8 whether to approve maintenance and operations override proposals that range from $1.8 million to $3.4 million depending on district size.
The Arizona Republic
Friday, June 10, 2011
Mary Beth Faller
The Maricopa County Community College District governing board will decide Tuesday whether to raise the property tax to help offset a steep decline in state aid. The 10-college system is proposing a $1.4 billion budget for 2011-12, which includes a 3 percent increase in the property-tax levy. The board's vote will follow a public hearing.
TriValley Central
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Susan Randall
SIGNAL PEAK — The Central Arizona College Governing Board has approved a budget of roughly $136.1 million for the 2011-12 school year, which begins July 1. The tax rate is rising but the total tax levy is falling because of lower property values. The budget includes $39.5 million for the general fund, $88.8 million for the unexpended plant fund and $7.8 million to retire debt.