K/12 Community College Finance

Chamber Business News
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Megan Gilbertson
“Taxpayers should expect to see higher property taxes because rising K-12 budgets mean higher costs for overrides, which are calculated on a percentage of budget." -Sean McCarthy
Parker Pioneer
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
John Gutekunst
In their June 2018 newsletter, the Arizona Tax Research Association found Arizona Western College has the third highest primary property tax rate of the 12 community college districts in the state at $2.22 of $100 of net assessed value. The highest is Graham County/Eastern, at $3.33 of $100 of net assessed value. Cochise County has a primary rate of $2.40 of $100 of net assessed value.
Arizona Daily Star
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Hank Stephenson
To that end, Clodfelter invited the Arizona Tax Research Association, a conservative tax watchdog group that has long advocated for eliminating the district’s $64 million desegregation budget
The Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, June 8, 2018
Sean McCarthy
Measuring inputs to K-12 by adjusting every single line item for inflation is the ultimate carrot in front of the horse routine. Worse than misguided rhetoric, the billion dollar claim is insulting to taxpayers because it ensures their investment will forever be described as inadequate.
Fox 10
Thursday, April 12, 2018
John Hook
The non-partisan group has been studying tax policy in Arizona since 1940. ATRA crunched the numbers, and came up with a national ranking that they claim is more realistic, when it comes to teacher pay. "We rank 40th in the nation, when adjusted for cost of living," said McCarthy.
The Arizona Republic
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Abe Kwok
Those who took issue with the conclusions included the Arizona Tax Research Association. The taxpayer watchdog group challenged the cost-of-living tool in the Morrison Institute report, known as the Regional Price Parities
The Arizona Republic
Friday, March 16, 2018
Laurie Roberts
“It would be an understatement to say there were an army of lobbyists on the other side for the universities,” said Kevin McCarthy, president of ATRA
The Arizona Republic
Monday, March 12, 2018
Sean McCarthy
Interestingly, BLS reports the lowest wage for Arizona teachers of any source. Its figures are lower than the averages reported by the auditor general, the NEA and the Arizona Department of Education.
Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, March 9, 2018
Katie Campbell
McCarthy said “This is what school districts aren’t really telling you: They don’t want a competitor inside their district.”
Arizona Capitol Times
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Katie Campbell
McCarthy said the Roosevelt district isn’t alone; desegregation funds rarely seem to be alleviating the alleged violations, which McCarthy said auditors have pointed out in the past.


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