Property Tax

The Arizona Republic
Friday, January 5, 2018
Bob Robb
ATRA estimates that the State Farm complex, if not lent ASU’s exempt status, would be paying $12 million a year in property taxes. ATRA estimates the cost to the state of State Farm’s tax exempt status at $3.5 million a year.
The Arizona Republic
Monday, December 18, 2017
Laurie Roberts
“Until recently, universities have not aggressively used their tax-exempt status to become real-estate developers …,” ATRA President Kevin McCarthy told me. “They are totally playing with other people’s money. It’s a complete win.”
Phoenix New Times
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Tom Carlson, Antonia Noori Farzan
Arizona Watchdog
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Christian Britschgi
The bill, while not abolishing GPLET, would change some of the more controversial aspects of the program by forcing lessees back onto the property tax rolls after eight years, a change from endless lease deals. It would also require local governments collect the tax.
White Mountain Independent
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Trudy Balcom
Stielow said that her organization annually reviews tax rate and levy sheet documents for all Arizona counties before tax bills are mailed to look for errors. “I’ve been doing this 16 years and every year there’s several errors across the state,” Stielow said
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Dennis Welch
"How any elected official can justify that regardless of what their economic challenges are is beyond me," said Kevin McCarthy, president of the Arizona Tax Research Association.
Arizona Daily Star
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Tony Davis
The Arizona Tax Research Association says, however, that the state should lower tax-assessment ratios for all property owners rather than give some companies tax breaks, which it calls picking “winners and losers.”
Arizona Daily Star
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Murphy Woodhouse
Jennifer Stielow, with ATRA, suggested that a better legislative approach to the issue is to address the underlying issues that push tax rates in school districts and other taxing bodies higher, such as desegregation in TUSD.
Phoenix Business Journal
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Mike Sunnucks
The Arizona Tax Research Association opposed the tax increase contending backers of the proposal set up a false choice between the increases and cuts to police and fire.
The Arizona Republic
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Dustin Gardiner
However, Kevin McCarthy, president of ATRA, said the city's argument that it must keep a minimum balance in its reserve for bond projects is "complete nonsense." He said the city could likely avoid raising taxes for a few years by using up its reserve.


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