Municipal and County Government

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.
The Arizona Republic
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Darren DaRonco
“When you put fees on citizens and earmark those monies to completely unrelated activities, the only thing that’s happening is they’re side-stepping general taxation because they know they’ve got an idea that’s not going to be supported by the general populace,”
The Arizona Republic
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Kevin McCarthy
"One might expect the city’s 35-year Transit 2050 proposal to plan for at least one major recession. It doesn’t."
Friday, June 19, 2015
Will Stone
[McCarthy] is also critical of counties for siphoning away tax dollars from special taxation districts and using that for another purpose.
The New York Times
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Ken Belson
“The city of Glendale is the poster child for what can go wrong” when a city invests heavily in sports, said Kevin McCarthy.


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