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3/5/2013 6:00:00 AM
Tax changes considered by Kingman council

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - The City Council today will formally accept City Manager Jack Kramer's resignation and discuss a plan to find his replacement when members meet at 5:30 p.m. at Council Chambers.

Kramer's last day on the job is July 1.

The City Council could schedule an April 2 public hearing to discuss a number of ordinances regarding tax and utility revenues.

On Feb. 21 the Council and staff discussed potentially reducing taxes on bars and restaurants by 1 percent; increasing the rate of taxation in all categories between one-half of one percent and one-65th of 1 percent; and decreasing by $2 each the base water and sewer rates for all users.

The discussion comes after the city lost funding from a host of sources, including highway user revenue funds, vehicle license taxes, Powerball and lottery funds and local and state shared taxes.

Priorities discussed at the Feb. 21 meeting include capital improvements for the police and fire departments, road improvements, and the railroad quiet zone for the downtown area.

In other items:

• Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course Manager Levi Pitts will provide the Council with an update. In a related matter, the Council could approve replacing the course's 70-cart fleet through a national intergovernmental purchasing cooperative. The City last month rejected all bids to replace the fleet due to cost concerns, but this new program could make it affordable.

• The Kingman Boomers will submit to the city the money collected to fund this year's Independence Day fireworks display.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Article comment by: KM Z

Hey Sell Golf Course,
Who, exactly, is going to but this golf course?
From Feb, 2013 US News and World Report,
"The number of golf courses in the United States peaked in 2004 at more than 16,000. But new golfers never materialized as anticipated.That led to a glut of courses, many of them the centerpiece of golf communities in which showy new homes lined underplayed fairways. Since 2006, 500 golf courses have closed, and the NGF predicts a net loss of about 150 courses per year for the foreseeable future. Despite the sport's ritzy image, the majority of closures will probably be public courses that charge less than $40 for a round." So, once again, with this market outlook, who is going to buy this golf course? It is so easy to print your "solutions", especially when they are based in fantasy.


Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Article comment by: What do you Expect

You voted Ms Gordon out, one who would not have raised taxes. You get what you deserve. Anderson did what was best for Kingman. Remember there is another election soon and you can elect new councilmen. The mayor always ran saying he would not raise taxes. Sounds like the chamber and businesses want the increase so there won't be much opostion. Wonder if I can put a sign in my yard that says NO TAX INCREASE.

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: Something Foul Smelling Is Afoot

There needs to be a "Heads Up" banner posted when a city council starts down the tax-raising trail leaving the taxpayer squarely out of the decision-making loop.

They know full well that setting the question onto a ballot would get the same thumbs-down treatment that the state sales tax question did recently.

So, with a little salt and pepper and slicing and dicing the carrot with some utility rate-payer reductions, council hopes we will be able to stomach their "We Know Best" tax-raising slop and be happy with it.

Seems to be like the classic rip-off at the grocery store where they raise the price by $6 bucks then give you an instant $2 buck rebate hoping you won't notice.

I expected better from a swapped out council. Looks like we're going to be getting just more of the worst.

Former Mayor Harry Hughes commented after the original Kingman sales tax passed by one vote, "It's just as well the voters passed it, the council would have passed it anyway."

Now that's Kingman politics, Kingman style -- alive and well just as yesteryear.


Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: SELL GOLF COURSE

Council, NO to the 70 car(t) request. Instead move to sell this "asset."

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: umm lope

boy are you about to get letters. Ya MAY WANNA ADD A T TO THE END OF CAR

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: Don't Raise Taxes

Raising sales tax is going to hurt us contractors AGAIN. I hope councilman Wimpy relizes this, him being a contractor. If taxes need to be raised wait another 6 months to see how the housing market starts coming back. Not now when summer and fall building should take off.

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

WOW. A whole $2.00 off my water bill. I should fall to my knees and kiss the councils feet.

Who are these guys kidding? Do they really think that a token reduction on water and sewer rates will appease the public?

We don't use the city sewer so we don't qualify for the other $2.00 and since neiter my wife or I drink, the reduction of the bar tax wont save us a dime. The restaurant tax is a moot point as well since we can't afford to eat anyplace around this town.

It's a sad commentary when the city feels bullied by the outcry against their decision to raise the wastewater/water fees and then buckle to pressure to reduce them.

Keep your $2.00 and leave the sales tax alone.




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