Municipal and County Government

The Arizona Republic
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Jessica Boehm and Rachel Leingang
Those buildings take up precious land in downtown that, if occupied by a private business, would bring in significant city revenue, ATRA President Kevin McCarthy said. "As nice as it is to have ASU downtown ... none of those properties pay any taxes, so that's not going to help alleviate that property tax problem," he said.
White Mountain Independent
Monday, August 27, 2018
Trudy Balcom
After seven years, a property tax override will again come before voters in Apache County on November 7. The ballot measure will request that voters approve an additional $2 million in property taxes annually beginning in fiscal year 2019-2020 and every year after that for the next six years.
Phoenix Business Journal
Friday, March 2, 2018
Mike Sunnucks
Lawless credited bill sponsor State Rep. Vince Leach, as well as representatives for cities, other real estate groups and the Arizona Tax Research Association for reaching a deal.
The Arizona Republic
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Jerod MacDonald Evoy
Kevin McCarthy of ATRA isn't convinced of the economic benefits and worries the city is giving up its largest revenue stream, the sales tax. "So they're playing with their own money," McCarthy said.
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
Friday, April 21, 2017
Robert Robb
Phoenix has been particularly promiscuous in doling out GLPETs, turning downtown into a property tax free zone. The Arizona Tax Research Association calculates that Phoenix has removed around $1.5 billion in commercial real estate from the property tax rolls.
The Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, March 17, 2017
Kevin McCarthy
Local governments claim that “but for” these tax breaks, new development would not occur. City Hall proudly cuts the ribbon to the new restaurant or hotel while neighbors look on wondering why they pay the full rate. The truth is the “but for” argument is impossible to prove.
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.


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