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7/22/2014 6:00:00 AM
Cochran maintains Kingman property tax stance at mayoral forum
City needs the revenue, she says
Kingman mayoral candidates Eric Cochran and Richard Anderson
Kingman mayoral candidates Eric Cochran and Richard Anderson
Candidate Anderson had to miss forum
Kingman City Councilman and mayoral candidate Richard Anderson was hospitalized Sunday afternoon for undisclosed reasons. Anderson told the Miner he expects to "be fine in a day or two."

Anderson's illness kept him from Monday's candidate event hosted by the Kingman Republican Men's Club and he will miss a similar gathering at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Powerhouse sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, Mohave Community College and Mohave State Bank.

However, Anderson said he intends to be healthy enough to host a neighborhood meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Hualapai Elementary School, 350 Eastern Street.

Anderson said he invited Mohave County Board of Supervisors District 4 candidates vying to complete the term of the late Joy Brotherton to speak at Thursday's event, since the school is situated within the district.

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - It takes courage to stand in front of a roomful of Republicans and support a property tax - or any other kind of tax, for that matter.

But that's exactly what City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Erin Cochran did Monday afternoon when the Kingman Republican Men's Club held its monthly luncheon at the Dambar and Steakhouse.

"I would definitely support a property tax," said Cochran when prompted by club President Dr. Larry Schiff. Several months ago during a workshop held to discuss the city's financial situation, a majority of the City Council voiced the sentiment that a primary property tax might be one way to bring a new revenue stream into the city's coffers.

No action was taken at that meeting and the City Council has not discussed pushing for property tax since then, but Cochran did not try to avoid the question.

Here's why. Cochran noted the city brings in about $10.2 million in sales tax revenue each year, on average. Sales tax is the city's only local revenue source as a previous Council did away with a property tax for Kingman homeowners more than 30 years ago.

The cost to fund police and fire alone is about $12 million, leaving no money to fund a dozen other departments outside of shared revenues with the state and grant funds. The state has taken away a significant portion of Highway User Revenue Funds (fuel tax), she said, and virtually all of the lottery revenues collected in Kingman go to the state.

Grant funds that used to provide the city with about $350,000 a year to operate Kingman Area Regional Transit have been taken away, meaning the city has to make up that shortfall.

She said the property tax, which voters would have to approve or reject at the voting booth, would be used exclusively to fund police and fire services.

She said if the city doesn't identify a new revenue source, cuts to "nonessential" services become inevitable.

Cochran said the Powerhouse Visitor Center, parks and pools, the golf course and KART would all be on the chopping block.

"The cuts that are left are the things that make a community," she said.

Cochran, 32, said if elected mayor her priorities would be, in no particular order, to expand educational opportunities in Kingman, get youth involved and bring more employment to the city.

She said she ran to give a voice to the city's younger citizens, which is why she helped establish the Youth Advisory Commission.

The commission's high school membership is currently working to combat underage drinking, which is a growing problem in the city, according to Police Chief Robert DeVries.

She also fulfilled a first-term campaign pledge to help move the city's dispatch center from its previous location between the train tracks and a recycling center.

Her highest priority moving forward, she said, is increasing the number of police officers and firefighters in the city and to build a new fire station. The Kingman Police Department has been hit particularly hard, thanks in large measure to the low pay scale that has prompted attrition.

Cochran and Councilman Richard Anderson seek to become the city's next mayor. Mayor Janet Watson is retiring from public life at the end of the year.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014
Article comment by: Good luck

Tourism? Erin will do much better fighting for a property tax, because it is the only thing that will increase revenue each year to take care of public safety. Erin, stick to your convictions and don't change in the middle of the election. Many are behind you.

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Article comment by: not too young for mayor

Erin if you can get an amusement park here, YOU HAVE MY VOTE

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Article comment by: F H

Justanobody, Sr, please list facts you have for your rant. List the excesses. Tell us about all those cities you seem to love that don't tax. Why aren't you living there? This city has cut 99.9% of waste.

Don't want to mention names just want to let those commenting in a public forum that your positions would have more credibility if you concentrated on spelling and grammar. It's hard to think a position comes from a smart individual deserving of our attention when it reads like a third grader wrote it.

Julies Mom and Lumpy, good posts. Gee, two in a row.

I agree with Stuart. One resource our city has which is only used by a very small percentage of citizens and brings in far, far less revenue than it costs is the golf course and it should be sold.

Contrary to what was posted the city could exist on sales tax if, and only if it was serious about growing the retail segment. Instead of working aggressively to add retail on Bank, Airway, Hualapai Mt. Rd. Andy Devine and at least one new interstate retail node it pumps its meager resources into Wine Festivals. Of course we know why. Council can't possibly stand up to the local tourist industry. Erin you do that and you'll get many more votes than advocating for a property tax. But that would go against your buddies.

Posted: Friday, July 25, 2014
Article comment by: Economic Development not taxes

Cocran doesn't know anything about economic development so her only way to get revenue is taxes. She voted not to keep Mark Retersdorf on Economic Development committee... He is over the Small Business Development Center at MCC. Over the last 5 years, has helped start 90 new businesses, created 290 new jobs and retained 57, as well as generating over $15M in new sales for Mohave County. What a bad decision instead she wants anyone from Golden Valley whether they know anything about Economic Development or not. Mayor of Kingman? I think not.

Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Article comment by: Jack Feces

The government does nothing we want. Do we want drugs in our country? I think not. Do we have drugs? We got plenty. Do any of you think for a second they could send troops to Colombia and destroy their drug trade? Very easily. So the fact they don't means they want drugs in the country. Do we want illegal mexicans in our country by the millions? No we don't. But we have them. Do you believe if they were to fine companies $10,000 for anyone who hired them would solve the problem? Yes it would.Do we want to fight in wars all over the world that has no bearing on this country? No we don't. But we have them all over the world. Do people think that they are fighting for our rights? Yes people think they are. So we don't have a clue. Do we want speculators raising the price of fuel everytime they hear a rumor? NO we don't, but that is exaclty what we got.

Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Article comment by: Richard is my vote

Sorry to hear Anderson was ill. He is an honest, intelligent person with high integrity. He does a lot for the Lions Club and donates to different charities and community events. Erin may donate time, but it is just as important that Richard donates money. He thinks out decisions and does not make them hastily. I am voting for Richard because I think he will move the City in an economic venture instead of increased taxes.

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Article comment by: Need Kingman Crossing

kele kele
Erin wants to build out Kingman Crossing. And property taxes would help pay for it if it wasn't dedicated to public safety. Cochran and Young are going to do anything the police and firemen want. I am surprised Young didn't run for Mayor as Vice Mayor I think she has done a great job. Just surprising and a little disappointing.

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Article comment by: We are a Growing Retirement Area

The City of Kingman has been growing. The sales tax revenue has increased. No property tax is one of our major selling points. What we need is the City Manager to step up. If the City manager can explain a good case for creating a new tax then he or she needs to sell that to the public. The police in my opinion have always been fair, sometimes it feels like you see a lot of them but its all about response time. Same with fire. I really believe our heads of departments manage their budgets well. So getting back to the City Manager make your case go public I mean public and know your stuff. Hold meetings hear from the public listen to them and then make your case. My gut tells me the city does need funds so get her done Mr. City Manager

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Article comment by: Erin for Mayor

People will always talk bad about the fire and police, yet when they need something, a loved one is in trouble etc. who do they call? If the city were to get rid of these people what good would that do? And lower there pay??? They sacrifice their life to save yours, to keep your town safe and you want to pay them less then a fast food worker? nonsense. And before people go assuming the police departments are spending so much money on new military vehicles know the facts. They didn't spend anything on it. Erin is a great candidate for Mayor and if you had any sense you would realize that. How is this town going to strive and get any better with no money? Come on people use common sense please.

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Article comment by: Miss Landers

@Local 12. Local 2000, (named after their pride and joy, the 2000 legal coup d'tat), is the State GOP, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Koch Brothers Oil and Coal Ash companies, and parent of APS, the anti-solar energy company.

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

"I say we Lay Off all the Police and Fire. We can then repost ... say half of those positions at $10 - $15 per hour, depending on experience."

Every time I see this or something similar, it gets funnier and funnier. I can see the applicant's now. All familiar with the justice system, since they've been in it more than a few times. Unable to write a coherent sentence, let alone an incident report. Doubt many could pass the mental or physical tests to begin with.

You do realize many qualified LEO leave Kingman just because they can get much better pay elsewhere?

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Article comment by: Heads' Up VOTE

I was told only about 3,000 people vote in Kingman. With 2,000 of these being the people trying to make money selling land and building houses. Now with money being very tight, these people are looking to the tax payers to pay for the road access needed to sell more home lots. In other words, WE NEED TO VOTE!

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Article comment by: Think of the old

Does Cocran own a home or rent? She raised food tax and now property tax? They just raised the sales tax. What will she try next tax on groceries? No vote for Cocran. She is too young to understand the plights of the old on a fixed income. She is too young to understand the job of mayor.

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Article comment by: excited for change

I think Erin has some great ideas and will do a wonderful job in office. She is right these things are vital to our community. She can see the future of the town, we have lived in the old ways for to long resisting change. It's time to do something different and if that takes adding a property tax, I support her 100%

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Article comment by: Kele Kele

Yes on property taxes. They were abolished by the "no growth good ole boys" years ago. Now we drive on streets that cause us to get wheel alignments every 4000 miles, pot holes, reduced fire and police protection (although the police could leave their cars at work and drive their own car too and from as many other cities do. City could go to once a week trash pick up - (that won't happen because the city refuses to ask for permission from the state to do once a week pick-up) More people might recycle if the city would publish how much they made from the recycle bins. In other words no property tax, your life style may change drastically, as there is no new industry coming to town, because redevelopment does not offer tax break incentives to companies wishing to relocate here, not that the people who would be working will pay taxes to make up for the incentives offered the company. This election will determine if we are going forward and regressing. Property tax - yes. Kingman Crossing is raising its ugly head again. Great build it, but how do you get to it?????

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Article comment by: hire a chief of police with a budget mind

This is classic the only reaon why our police and fire are so expensive is the out of control spending for new trucks and police cars that are not needed. hire 12.00 hr mechanics and fix the cars and trucks. just because one has a flat doesn't mean we need a new unit, CHANGE THE TIRE. I don't know what city this Cochran lives in but i have been here 23 years and i pay property tax every year.

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Article comment by: vock canyon

how about if we reduce the number of v8 powered city vehicles and go to 4 cylinder. buy a yaris instead of a crownvictoria. would save a bundle just in gas let alone in tires and maintenance....

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Article comment by: Local 12

Cochran should be on Bullwinkle with Boris and Natasha, Local 12 Villains, Thieves and Scoundrels Union. It's a branch of AFSCME.

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Article comment by: Registered Voter

Are you included in this city property taxation..are you buying your home or do you rent? Renters have to pay also because their landlords/ladies will raise your rent too! With no jobs, food costs on the rise, gas, utilities on the interest in the banks on your accounts and you want to add what? "City Property Tax" that got shot down 30 years ago...houses didn't cost then what they do today. Ask a realtor to tell their potential buyer..."City property taxes" are/or will be on the voting agenda by a candidate for Kingman Mayor....what????

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Article comment by: Come On

Enough is Enough!!! We are barely putting food on the table for our 3 kids and ourselves. Now you want more money!!! Do not vote for Cochran she is not in tune with today's financial struggles. Come on lady get a grip!!! No Cochran for mayor!!!

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Article comment by: not much choice for mayor

Eliminate KART, sell the powerhouse, contract police, waste water. You may find cutting those expenses will free up money. Payroll is your biggest expense and contract services would eliminate it. Start hiring part time instead of full time employees. Erin you do not have the experience to identify what can be done to save money. Being a sales person in a small business is not like running the city. I', not thrilled with Anderson but he has more experience and knowledge in finance, operations and directing city manager level personnel. I have a mind to write in Wimpee or Young but it might give you the edge. Just sad.

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Article comment by: Sales Tax

The city of Kingman already skims money off of every taxable sale in the city. Now you want a city property tax on top of the county property tax. The city of Kingman should be very happy that those who live outside the city contribute to Kingman's coffers. Why not raise the sales tax to 10% to keep up with California. This will help make everyones mind up to buy elsewhere. We sure in hell won't live in Kingman. Buy online, no tax. This will help out the local merchant.

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Article comment by: just a fact

I will vote and it won't be for Cochran. Look back at what she did just being on the council.

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Article comment by: Mike Messer

Thank you for giving all of us this tid bit on Erin Cochern. I will not vote for her.

What we need is LESS police. They are the problem.

The firemen around here dont have real fires to deal with, no 2 or 3 story fires. cut their numbers also.

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Article comment by: Avg Joe

All you people whining about a tax increase need to buck up and pay your dues. You're the same people complaining about lack of public services, complaining about lack of police and fire. You whiners have been riding the wave for years of not paying property taxes. Well guess what, times have changed! If you want Kingman to prosper and give the community what they deserve... PAY UP SUCKA! Everybody wants something for nothing. Perhaps you should have saved for "that rainy day".

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