Taking Back America By Taking Back Our Schools
I wanted to let everyone know that I now have the Central Arizona College (CAC) Recall petitions. We are recalling 4 of the 5 Board members, all except Debra Banks. Dr. Banks was the only member to vote against the tax increase. Since 2014 CAC has increased our tax rate by 61%. We have until Sept 27th to get the petitions signed.
If you or anyone you know is a registered voter and want to sign the petition, please contact me. We are handling the Florence and Coolidge residents however we can help other Pinal County residents too. I've attached links and info below. Also there will be a meeting at the Casa Grande Holiday Inn tomorrow evening at 6PM for those wishing more info.
Chris Dumal, D.V.M.
Recall effort started over tax increase
By Rodney Haas, Casa Grande Dispatch | Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2015 8:27 am
A committee looking to recall four members of the Central Arizona College Governing Board filed paperwork Tuesday with the Pinal County Recorder’s Office.
Citizens for Fair Taxation is trying to recall board members Gladys Christensen, Rita Nader, Rick Gibson and Jack Yarrington. All four members voted last week to approve a $105 million budget for the college calling for an increase in property taxes by nearly 85 cents, or close to a 45 percent increase.
“The only way we can repeal this is to have a recall and have the new majority do just that,” said Garland Shreves, chairman of the political committee. “I’m very confident. I only have to recall two and get my majority.”
The board voted 4-1 on May 19, with board member Debra Banks of San Tan Valley voting “no.”
The committee needs to collect 2,200 signatures in Christensen’s district, 1,326 in Nader’s district, 2,859 in Gibson’s district and 3,678 in Yarrington’s district in order for the recall to proceed. The committee has until Sept. 24 to collect the signatures. If enough valid signatures are collected, the soonest a recall election could be scheduled is March 8.
The board members are elected to six-year terms with Nader’s term set to expire next year and Christensen’s in 2018. Gibson and Yarrington were re-elected to new six-year terms last November. Michele Forney, Pinal County elections director, said the standard six-month wait before a recall could be held does not apply because both were re-elected to the same position.
After redistricting following the last census, Nader, a Casa Grande resident and longtime board member, represents Maricopa and southern Pinal County.
Shreves said he supports the college but believes the tax increase is excessive.
According to the committee’s website, www.citizensforfairtaxation.com, it is bipartisan and made up of political groups, businesses and citizens who are concerned about the economic growth and recovery of Pinal County. The committee does not advocate the defunding of public schools or local government entities but advocates for reasonableness regarding taxation, it says.
“What (was the board) thinking? They wanted all of their enchiladas today. They weren’t willing to have a little bit today and let the economy improve — build on that and allow the community to adjust,” Shreves said. “They are not the only taxing authorities that are going to be coming to the public asking for more money. But like a vacuum (the board) sucked it up.”
Shreves also has filed a complaint with the state alleging the Open Meeting Law was violated because some members of the public could not fit into the CAC board room and also could not hear the proceedings.
Letter from Barb Manning:
On May 19th the Pinal County Community College Board voted a tax increase of
Immediately after they voted 4% pay raise to all Community College workers.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO THE TAXPAYERS?
According to the County Assessor if you own a home valued at $100,000 your primary property tax for the Pinal County Community College District BEFORE the vote was $189.64.
AFTER the vote your total tax including the increase is $275.68 on that home valued at $100,000.
Businesses are affected more adversely.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Unfortunately this taxing majority remains in office until 2018. This same taxing majority raised the Pinal County Community College district tax by 16% in 2014 after initially requesting a 35% increase. The 2 year total tax increase is 61.8%!!
The only method allowed by Arizona law to defeat this increase is through a recall election. We need registered voters (party does not matter) who are residents of district 1, Florence and Coolidge to sign THIS PETITION by Sept 26th
We need volunteers to circulate this petition.
MUST DATE Contact Barb Manning email@example.com
RECENT INFO ABOUT PROPERTY TAXES:
From: Pinal County Communications
Sent: Tue, Jun 2, 2015 3:51 pm
Subject: Pinal Property Tax Rates Years in the Making
Pinal County Communications & Public Affairs
Assessor News Release
For Immediate Release Contact: Laura Andonie (520) 866-6387
June 2, 2015
From Assessor Douglas Wolf: Pinal Property Tax Rates Years in the Making
Property tax rates are receiving much scrutiny after the Pinal County Board of Supervisors was forced to increase revenues.
Four key factors affect our property tax base:
•Pinal County is the third most populous county in Arizona
•We have a very small base of commercial property
•We have one of the lowest median home prices in the state
•Only 25 percent of the county is taxable land
A large and growing population necessitates high costs for the delivery of services and for increased investments to keep up with the growth. During the housing boom of the last decade, developers were given free rein to put up as many affordable single family homes as possible. Communities sprouted up overnight with little or no commercial establishments to serve the local population.
There were two negative effects of this rapid growth; First, residential housing provides much less revenue in property taxes than commercial buildings. Second, Pinal residents tend to shop in Pima and Maricopa depriving Pinal of much needed sales tax revenue.
Still Expect Services
Nonetheless, these new residents expect that the budget will increase in order to provide a full complement of county services.
Lots of land, little tax base
On top of these factors, much of the land in the county is under federal, tribal, or state control. The federal government provides token compensation for lost property taxes in the form of PILT payments but state trust lands provide zero revenue to the county. On top of this, Pinal has the highest portion (35%) of state trust land of any county in Arizona.
The low net assessed value and a growing population, combine to give Pinal one of the lowest net assessed values per capita in the whole state. That is the main reason property tax rates are higher than average. Changing the current situation will take time and a focus on strategic development.
State Funding Cuts
In addition to the other issues we face, the Governor and Legislature passed a budget this year that reduced our share of revenues by $6.8 million dollars.
What we can do?
There are a few things the county can do to improve the situation.
The county should expand its economic development efforts so that companies around the country and around the globe know about all that Pinal County has to offer.
Commercial developments bring a large payback in jobs and additional property tax revenue. Despite minimal resources, the economic development office has identified 16 billion in possible new investments. Imagine what we could do with additional resources!
Another area to evaluate is impact fees. While the county works on long term solutions, it is important to encourage business to come to our county. The county board has done good work in this area and we must remain competitive with other counties.
It's also time for the State Land Department to move forward with the Southern Pacific classification yard at Red Rock. The acres required for this valuable project represent a tiny fraction of the 9 million acres held by the department. Incredibly, state land has sold only 10% of their inventory in 102 years of statehood. The lost revenues from property taxes for our public schools over the decades are staggering.
Like most strategic plans, the solutions will take time to implement but the long-term payoff will be well worth the effort.