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7/20/2014 6:00:00 AM
Fans of tax hikes absent at GOP forum for supervisors
County can live within its means, GOP supervisor candidates say
Hubble Ray Smith
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - To nobody's surprise, not one of the seven candidates for Mohave County District 4 Supervisor vetted at Wednesday's Mohave Republican Forum was in favor of raising taxes to pay for services in the rural areas they would represent.

No, no and absolutely not. Those were the unequivocal answers given by Jean Bishop, Bob Boyd, Al DiCicco, Bill Keller, Travis Lingenfelter, Jack Pozenel and Ted Roper.

Three other candidates running for District 4 Supervisor - Curtis Cutshaw, Jack Ehrhardt and Theodore Brinkofski - did not attend the forum that drew a standing-room-only crowd of about 75 people at the Golden Corral restaurant.

None of the candidates garnered the two-thirds vote needed for endorsement by Mohave Republican Forum.

They're vying to replace Supervisor Joy Brotherton, who died in May with two years remaining on her term. The primary election is Aug. 26.

District 4 represents parts of west Kingman, Golden Valley, Chloride, Oatman, Dolan Springs, Meadview and White Hills.

After giving a brief history of their education, work experience and community activities, candidates answered a number of questions ranging from taxes and infrastructure funding to economic development and their stance on public land acquisition.

Here's what they had to say:

Taxes

Boyd: "Government needs to spend within its means and spend less than it gets. Government exists for you, not for government. It's time we get involved and that's why I'm running."

Bishop: "The answer is not raising taxes. Life's not easy and government has always been challenged. I will be aware of your tax dollars and spend wisely."

DiCicco: "We need to learn to live within our means. I'd like to eliminate property taxes, all taxes for that matter."

Keller: "If the supervisor goes to work to bring industry here, taxes will go down. If you bring industry in, they start paying taxes and people that go to work there pay taxes."

Roper: "If we get more industry, we get more jobs. We need to take advantage of our natural resources."

Pozenel: "Set a budget and live within that budget. That's what a conservative does."

Infrastructure

Lingenfelter: "I would work with the administration to do an inventory of infrastructure and find out what infrastructure is in the worst shape and come up with a plan to use the dollars we do have for the poorest infrastructure."

Boyd: "Our money for roads was swept by us and shoved into the public works building. That was one of the most ridiculous things done in Mohave County. I actually bid on a retrofit of the buildings across the street. Those buildings worked for years. We could have done asbestos abatement for $800,000 and put the rest of the money into the streets."

Pozenel: "Kingman has different needs than Golden Valley. There are unique needs and the supervisor needs to learn what those needs are. Make sure District 4 dollars are spent in District 4."

Roper: "The HURF (Highway User Revenue Funds) system is broken. We're paying the same tax on a gallon of gas as it was 10 years ago. We need to get the new governor on board to fix the HURF system and get the money to Mohave County."

Bishop: "I would assign a manager to get with the roads manager and get a study on what needs to be done. I'd like to see some of the mothballed buildings refurbished and sold and put that money back into the general fund."

Economic development

Pozenel: "We need industry that brings higher paying jobs, not $8-an-hour jobs. We need $15 and $20 an hour. When people don't have expendable income, small business goes away."

Boyd: "Any economic incentive that can be put through statute, I would be open to 100 percent. Business brings in revenue and employment."

DiCicco: "Some people don't want industry. There has to be a balance. We don't want to turn into Las Vegas or Henderson."

Lingenfelter: "We don't want to be another California. I want to keep business taxes low. We need to focus on a new base of industries that are sustainable, that are low water users and pay a decent wage."

Keller: "I misspoke earlier. I don't mean tax businesses. When you bring in business, it takes care of itself."

Public land

Keller: "We want to take the land. It's our land. We're not getting any taxes on it."

Bishop: "Yes and no. Yes, take public land that can make money for Arizona. If we're just taking that vacant land with no way to pay for services, no."



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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Article comment by: Staunch Democrat

No reason for the dems to go to the right wing republicans forums. Its a joke that some follow so blindly such a hateful group. Smart folks who did not waste their time at this event.

Posted: Friday, July 25, 2014
Article comment by: Al DiCicco

The attackers never are brave enough to use real names when mocking people. So, you likely get no reply to anonymous remarks and insults. Hope to see you all Saturday. Tax reform, ending big government, build community, etc...

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Article comment by: Challenged Candidates

@ Just Saying

How do you figure that Ted Roper is a career politician? I am not aware of any other political office that he has held. He is a county employee and from what I hear one of the best county employees they have.

And if he gave a beat down to someone in BHC as you allege don't you think that he would have been convicted?

And I am not a friend, I am just someone that thinks that Ted Roper is the best candidate for District 4 supervisor.


Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

"Bishop wants to hire another manager to meet with the roads manager...."

Assign doesn't mean hire.


Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014
Article comment by: Good Meeting

I thought it was an interesting event and I'm glad I went to listen. They all seem like nice people. I won't be voting for the gentleman that is on disability. He moved around just as well if not better than some of us in the audience. True republicans don't abuse the system.

Jean is a nice lady, but she just doesn't have the education or experience to lead a large organization into the future. She's essentially been a simple process server as Constable. That does not qualify you to lead a complex organization. She's not the right person for the job. Sorry. But she is Moss' and Angius' buddy. Another vote for Bullhead City. Just watch the Board meeting video when she was the only one reviewed then appointed.

I think Lingenfelter said 'new base industries' not base of industries. 'Base industries' export products and import new money that is spent here. Masters degree. To an old guy like me, that shows a level of commitment to Mohave County. I own a business out at the airport. I hoped they would've discussed it but did not.

Boyd, Dicicco, Pozenel seemed set to abolish all county government and all taxes. How does being a former planning and zoning commissioner, or a singer, or an unemployed activist, or constable prepare you to lead a county of 200000 citizens?


Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014
Article comment by: Just Saying

@ challenged candidates

Roper? You've got to be kidding. We do not need another career politician. Quiting one public job for another is not moving us forward As for his experience isn't he the same police officer that gave a beat down on someone in BHC?
Nope you sound like his friend and we need informed voters not friend of friend voters


Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014
Article comment by: Marla Kiriakidis

Yes, eliminate all taxes. Look how well its worked for Kansas. School's being closed for lack of funds, hospitals, police and fire under staffed. And who need good roads? Buying tires and having to have your alignment fixed is good for local businesses. Especially when those businesses don't have to pay taxes. And who needs schools anyway. Or hospitals.

Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Article comment by: Challenged Candidates

"Life's not easy and government has always been challenged." Yes, government certainly is challenged but it appears so are some of our candidates. "I would assign a manager to get with the roads manager...." Okay, who exactly is the roads manager? That clueless response lost my vote.

"I would work with the administration to do an inventory..." They already have such an inventory, lost my vote.

"I'd like to eliminate property taxes..." So would I, but without taxes how would you pay for law enforcement, jail services, flood control etc? Lost my vote.

Round 1 goes to Ted Roper. He has the most experience and qualifications for the job. He also has an extensive management background, law enforcement experience and he already knows how the county operates.



Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Article comment by: L J

More lip service by the same candidates same issues with same results.Bishop wants to hire another manager to meet with the roads manager yet she'll spend out tax dollars wisely? I suggest she do it herself. As for our roads
drive around Mr. Lingenfelter the entire system is a mess.
As for not raising our taxes please explain just how they plan on paying for all the new buildings the County claims they want and need? As I have said before they all cry Jobs, Jobs , Jobs but claim to be fiscal conservatives. You can't be both. Fiscal conservatism doesn't equal job growth.


Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Article comment by: Volunteer police force?

DiCicco: "We need to learn to live within our means. I'd like to eliminate property taxes, all taxes for that matter."

Um, yeah, we all need to live within our means. But how does someone live within their means with no income at all? If you eliminate ALL taxes, then how do you pay for police, fire department, street repairs, and so on? We'll just ask everyone to work as volunteers?


Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Article comment by: Jack Spratt

You forgot the most important question. Who will be Hildy's pawn?



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