Municipal and County Government

Arizona Repubic
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Catherine Reagor and Michelle Ye Hee Lee
For the first time since metro Phoenix home values crashed, most of the region's homeowners can expect a noticeable drop in their property taxes. Maricopa County property-tax bills are being mailed this week, and the average homeowner bill is expected to decline more than $60 from last year's bill. Search home values | Current housing market confusing
Arizona Daily Star
Monday, August 22, 2011
Rhonda Bodfield
Pima County residents pay a primary property tax rate that's nearly three times that of taxpayers living in Maricopa County. It's a comparison that has long attracted notice, particularly for folks in Phoenix who like to hold it up as an example of Southern Arizona's out-of-control spending. Deciding whether the difference is out of whack, however, requires making sure there aren't some oranges mixed in with the apples.
The Arizona Republic
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Betty Beard
Arizona has been able to attract Internet businesses in part because it does not tax online sales. But the "tax or not to tax" debate still rages in some quarters. Internet retailers generally cannot be forced to collect state sales tax, although Arizonans are supposed to pay "use taxes" for any online purchases they make for which they pay no Arizona sales tax.
Fox 11
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) — A statewide business-backed advocacy group reports that the recession's impact on real estate is showing up again as a major decrease in assessed valuations for property taxes. The Arizona Tax Research Association reports an 18 percent drop in secondary net assessed values this year, adding up to a 28 percent drop when last year's decrease is factored in.
Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, February 11, 2011
Jeremy Duda
The delicate balancing act involved in changing Arizona’s property tax structure will leave some homeowners paying higher property taxes. Because of the way property taxes are structured in Arizona, any decrease in the commercial property assessment ratio will shift a higher tax burden onto homeowners. School districts and other entities that levy property taxes set their rates to reach a certain dollar amount, and when one rate is lowered, others rise accordingly.
Dolan Media Newswires
Monday, January 31, 2011
Gary Grado
PHOENIX, AZ -- The annual futility of efforts either to abolish Arizona’s tax on business equipment and machinery or to increase the exemption has not deterred the many critics of the tax. This year’s version, HCR 2006, takes a novel approach to formulating the tax exemption, which, if passed by voters, would increase from $66,440 annually per company to almost $1 million.
East Valley Tribune
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Garin Groff
Mesa is offering more than $2.8 million in incentives to lure a beer distributor - and its 455 employees - to the city in what is the largest single influx of jobs to the community in years. Crescent Crown Distributing plans to break ground this month in west Mesa, moving from its current Phoenix locale. The site is in the middle of an area decimated in the last 10 years by an exodus of car dealers, a Motorola manufacturing plant, and stores of all sizes.
The Arizona Republic
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Jahna Berry and Lynh Bui
Not long ago, a government job meant almost rock-solid job security, generous benefits, and spending an entire career with one agency, city or school district. In the post-recession job market, that's not guaranteed. In Arizona, government workers at almost every level, from park rangers to office workers to street-repair crews, face a different reality.
The Arizona Republic
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Rebekah L. Sanders
One thing is clear: the picture today would look worse if last summer's bankruptcy had sent the Coyotes to Canada. Glendale could have lost out on $12 million in back fees owed by the team and eventually paid by the National Hockey League if the Coyotes had moved. The city's debt payments on Arena wouldn't have stopped. Service cuts to residents might have been deeper; city layoffs could have escalated.
Tulsa World
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Randy Krehbiel
The company that Mayor Dewey Bartlett wants to hire to collect Tulsa's city sales tax seems to receive generally good marks in at least two states where it does business, although some taxpayers complain that it is too aggressive and others don't like the idea of a private company having access to businesses' financial records.


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