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4/21/2013 6:00:00 AM
It's unanimous: Kingman Council hikes sales tax
Kingman voters could be asked to OK property tax or form fire district
Salem and Carver
Salem and Carver

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter


Correction: This story and others on this topic originally misstated the date the one-cent state sales tax expires. It will expire May 31 .

KINGMAN - The City Council on Friday voted unanimously to bump the sales tax by half a cent, cut the bar and restaurant tax by 1 percent and lower the base water rate by $2 a month.

The changes take effect July 1. A state-mandated one-cent sales tax expires May 31, meaning shoppers will actually pay a half-cent less than they do today once the change is in effect.

The sales tax rate in Kingman after July 1 will be 8.35 percent. It is 8.85 percent today

The sales tax rate in Bullhead City and Lake Havasu will drop to 7.85 percent following the state sales tax change, but Bullhead City residents pay into a fire district and Lake Havasu City residents pay a property tax that helps fund police and fire protection.

The increase and decreases are projected to net the city about $1 million a year, funding that would be used to shore up a general fund account that has shriveled dramatically since the Great Recession began in earnest in 2007.

Sales taxes, formally known as a transaction privilege tax, are the sole local source to fund city operations in Kingman, including police and fire protection. Currently, about $10 million is collected annually in sales tax, but police and fire protection alone cost taxpayers about $12 million a year.

Finance Director Coral Loyd said the shortfall would be made up by revenue the state shares with cities.

The sales tax hike will sunset on June 30, 2016.

Until then, voters will be asked to do one of two things: Approve a 0.28 percent property tax to fund public safety or form a fire district.

According to city staff, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay about $280 more a year in property taxes if voters ultimately approve the measure. The owner of a business valued at about $1 million would pay roughly $3,500.

Members of the Chamber of Commerce present at the meeting did not object to the sales tax hike or the proposed push to levy a property tax, which would require a successful petition drive in order to be placed on the 2014 election ballot.

Councilman Larry Carver proposed the sunset provision. If voters approve a property tax, the city would not begin to collect those funds until October 2016.

If voters give it the thumbs down, or it never makes it on the ballot in the first place, the City Council would have to revisit the issue.

The goal is to find a permanent revenue source to fund public safety. Council members agree the actions taken Friday provide, at best, a temporary fix.

As of today, convincing Kingman residents that a property tax is the best way to pay for public safety is paramount.

A fire district might be problematic since a new political subdivision would have to be created.

Mayor John Salem said the Legislature is considering a bill that would allow city councils to act as a fire district board. If the bill doesn't pass and the City Council formed a fire district, a separate board would have to be elected.

Salem's concern is that third-party firms are often hired to manage a fire district's day-to-day operations.

"I don't want our assets transferred to Seattle or Denver for third-party management," said Salem. "We have lots to discuss."

Getting a property tax question placed on the ballot in the fall of 2014 could also be problematic.

The last time Kingman residents paid property taxes to the city was in 1980.

"Who's eligible to sign the petition?" said Salem. "We have a lot of work to do."

In other words, will renters be allowed to sign the petition or just property owners?

Salem pointed out that if the question makes the ballot, every registered voter could vote on the issue. A simple majority, 50 percent plus one, said Salem, and it passes.

City Attorney Carl Cooper said it is legal to dedicate the revenue collected from property to police and fire protection, but he cautioned council members that the process could be lengthy and "probably fairly expensive."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@ansons nephew

"I’m sorry FLS has summed that kind of story up previously whit his “I call BS on that one” comment."

Regarding shopping in Vegas once a month. I go there occasionally to do the same. Combine shopping, some casino time, etc. Certainly beats spending a weekend in Kingman doing nothing. And one thing you can count on is that Mom & Pop operations are not going to make a comeback.


Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@ansons nephew

"
“No, most jobs in malls don't really support an adult, especially one with family, but then it takes two incomes for most anyone these days!”

So mall jobs basically suck and would not actually help out anyone. Got it."

And like most leftists, you prefer people just go on welfare rather than work. It is what keeps a democrat voting bloc growing. Got it.


Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@ansons nephew

" a true, honest to God, no tax, “NON-CITY” they could sell tickets so people could pay to see the “Stupidest Town in America!” "

Well said.


Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Ms Smith

“Mr. Bob, AsI said before you aren't from Kingman so why do care so much, you don't-just a way to spend your time and spin your wheels without having to actually go anywhere.”

No, I do care because certain people come to these pages and post bald-faced lies and incorrect information. And since the web-admin and editors will not stop posting their nonsense I show up to provide the facts.

”Downtown was destroyed long before what you refer to as the ‘big box'”

So your are now asserting that downtown Kingman has been trash for a long, long time? Wow.

“Why ask me why there isn't a mall here, I haven't been sitting on these councils and boards.”

So you really have no idea why there is no mall you just think there should be one without any substantiating information. Interesting.

“No, most jobs in malls don't really support an adult, especially one with family, but then it takes two incomes for most anyone these days!”

So mall jobs basically suck and would not actually help out anyone. Got it.


Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

Mr. Bob, AsI said before you aren't from Kingman so why do care so much, you don't-just a way to spend your time and spin your wheels without having to actually go anywhere.

Downtown was destroyed long before what you refer to as the "big box".
Why ask me why there isn't a mall here, I haven't been sitting on these councils and boards.
No, most jobs in malls don't really support an adult, especially one with family, but then it takes two incomes for most anyone these days!
And YES it would be a good thing for younger people-----God, I will be 66 on Thurs. so anyone younger than is a younger people.


Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Ms Smith

“You never try to put forth a solution or hopeful response to any issue.”

Of course I do. My warning people of the erroneous garbage posted here day in and day out is a hopeful response in an attempt to make people aware of how they are being misled.

“Just ridicule and write rhetorical cooments to to others who are sincere in their post.”

I only ridicule those who post inanities and lies. And believe me, they deserve all of it and more.

”Kingman has the poulation both in the city and areas of Chloride, Dolan Springs, Peach Springs,Hackberry,Seligman,Valentine and Golden Valley to support having a mall.”

Then why isn’t there a mall here?

“In the '60s and '70s there was more quality shopping in Kingman than now 40 years later.”

You mean before the “big box” stores moved in and destroyed downtown area businesses? People were all excited about the arrival of the “big box” stores because it would mean lower prices being shortsighted on what those stores would mean to their community .

“And a mall would produce more jobs for the younger people.”

So the jobs would not be sustainable employment for adults, just more slave wages and short hours for the young. Good plan.


Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

I am reminded by these fellows smiling photos of a old possum I caught in my grandfathers chicken house when I was a kid! They been eating everyone's chickens and seem to be immune to responsibility!:-)

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: Happy to be here anonymous

I may be in the minority here, but I applaud the decision that was made. I have been following the difficult decisions the council has been faced with. I believe they did the best they could with the limited choices available. Does anyone really want police or fire services cut? Or our parks closed?
If you want to blame someone, as most of you do, look to the state and federal government, who have taken much of the city's revenue away.
And are you really going to be bitter, and drive elsewhere to save a few bucks? That is just hurting our local business owners.
Grow up, take some pride in your town, and be glad we are not as bad off as other towns our size. We pay less taxes than Havasu and Bullhead City.
Stop whining, or find somewhere else to live. It's not that bad!!!!!


Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: just me and nobody cares who

Property tax means only people with property are paying for the services everyone needs. Is that fair?

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: J P

NO more taxes!

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Public Safety Supporter

It sounds like you people have a big case of wanting everything for nothing!

I sure am glad we have police and fire for a few more years. Life would suck with out them!


Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

@ Mr Moore,aka Anson
You never try to put forth a solution or hopeful response to any issue. Just ridicule and write rhetorical cooments to to others who are sincere in their post.
Kingman has the poulation both in the city and areas of Chloride, Dolan Springs, Peach Springs,Hackberry,Seligman,Valentine and Golden Valley to support having a mall.
In the '60s and '70s there was more quality shopping in Kingman than now 40 years later. And a mall would produce more jobs for the younger people.


Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Mackie

“I know many who go to vegas once a month as they can not afford to shop here.”

Now that is funny. Honestly you “know” people that make a 200+ mile roundtrip (gas cost about $40 plus lunch or dinner) to save a few cents? I’m sorry FLS has summed that kind of story up previously whit his “I call BS on that one” comment.

“Higher taxes will run more off.”

And of course the people you “know” have shown utter disdain for the community they chosen to live in as well as the local businesses in their “home” town, as they “run off.”

“Higher taxes will cause more crime as people will steal what they can not buy.”

Maybe in your neighborhood, but the people I know do not steal.

“Government should be part time work if done right.”

So police, fire, teachers, judges, court personnel, road, water and sewer plant workers should only be part time positions? Really? How long should they work per day? Per week? Per month? Per year?

I can only assume you would be in favor of my suggestion that the entire town be disbanded?



Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: az mac

Anson's Nephew
I know many who go to vegas once a month as they can not afford to shop here. Some even carpool. Many here live on $800 or less a month.Higher taxes will run more off. Higher taxes will cause more crime as people will steal what they can not buy. Much can be cut in the city starting with high salaries of city officials. Government should be part time work if done right.
Then again most people can not complain as they do not attend the meetings to stop a lot of the raises and tax hikes.I remember when they had the water and sewer hike, almost all that was there to protest the hike was from Golden Valley who it did not affect.Almost none showed for Kingman. The government ( city,state,county,federal) will do as they please because people do not bother to get involved.


Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: nn m

Whew! For a second there I thought they were expiring the tax breaks that would impact the wealthy. Great to see that they are loyal and only harm the low income people.



Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Ms Smith

“In other words This city needs a mall that will shore accommodate the shopping needs of the people and shore up the tax base for the city!”

So you are willing to support increased taxes for infrastructure to support bringing a mall to Kingman? And of course you will be investing in the mall project right? Yeah, didn’t think so.

There is a reason there is no mall in Kingman – it the residents who have so little regard for existing local businesses and their community they go out of town to do their shopping.


Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Yet another hysterical response from you …. What an idiotic response you wrote…”

Really, mine was a “hysterical and idiotic response?” All I did was propose a sarcastic suggestion designed to placate the people here who do not want to be taxed – ever - for anything.

“That seriously sounds like a threat. Who are you and why do you feel those threats are relevant?”

A “threat?” Honestly, a “threat?” So when someone you dislike offers a sarcastic suggestion it is a “threat?”

“Most people faced with a shrinking income try to come up with a rational way of cutting expenses.”

Why is there shrinking income for the city and all other cities in the state? It is the result of electing Republicans to the legislature who hoodwink the people by “balancing” the budget by taking away funds from the cities.

“You have a history of telling the citizens of this city that we are uneducated, we are ignorant, we just don’t care. You are wrong!”

Have you read some of the posts appearing here day in and day out? Those are – supposedly – a cross-section of the populace of Kingman and many of those posts are most assuredly indicative of a not very bright group. By allowing such posts the editor is putting forth the impression that Kingman is … well, you know.

“And as you always demand, could you please provide PROOF that Kingman is ‘The stupidest town in America’? Where the kids are dumb, the parents are dumber, and every yard has a ’72 Pinto on blocks up on blocks’? Please cite your resource for this.”

Obviously hyperbolic sarcasm – which is what that entire post was.


Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Police Chief Out of control!

We need a new leeder @ KPD! This man spends to much of our money. Does he really need all these volunteers driving around trying to look important. With fuel @ over $3.40 a gallon I'd say park them! Put them on foot of bicycles!

With a budget as large as his you think we'd see more cops on the street! Not back @ H.Q. drinking coffee.
I'd like to see the ratio of feet on the street to admin positions.

Well Mr Mayor let's have a response!


Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013
Article comment by: Max Gibbons

Here is an idea, add the 1 cent tax on food that does not have any tax. That way it does not seem that there really was a tax hike when we all know it is there. There is lot of other cities in Arizona that has some tax on food.

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Web Dawg

Plain and simple................I DON'Y VOTE FOR ANY INCUMENT NEXT ELECTION!

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Re: Ansons Nephew

Yet another hysterical response from you in regards to the citizen’s anger and disagreement over how to respond to a situation the city council has made into a hysterical issue. What an idiotic response you wrote when you spouted that now the whiners should get ‘their way’ and disband the police, fire, teachers and schools, along with sewage treatment plant! No question that IF the city had done something years ago go renovate the sewage treatment plant when they had money we wouldn’t be in this predicament, but let’s not go there!
That seriously sounds like a threat. Who are you and why do you feel those threats are relevant? Whoever you are, you obviously think you have the power and right to see those threats to fruition.
Most people faced with a shrinking income try to come up with a rational way of cutting expenses. You know, doing without for a while to weather the storm? Not the city council! They say, ‘we need more revenue!’ Who and where can we gouge for more money to fund the next thing WE think is important?’ Well, guess what? There IS NO MORE MONEY OR POCKETS TO DIP IN TO! You have a history of telling the citizens of this city that we are uneducated, we are ignorant, we just don’t care. You are wrong! WE know what we can afford, YOU do NOT! There isn’t ONE issue YOU haven’t had an opinion on. You know everything in your little world, in your little mind!
And as you always demand, could you please provide PROOF that Kingman is ‘The stupidest town in America’? Where the kids are dumb, the parents are dumber, and every yard has a ’72 Pinto on blocks up on blocks’? Please cite your resource for this.


Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Randy --

This all sounds like a fair deal to me, I'm grateful that they put this together and can make it work!

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: the first time and not the last time

like i said before vote them all out -

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

I have all the confidence in Larry Carver and feel the people of Kingman are luccky to have him on the city council and his expertise in finances.
Every city and town across America is having to look for innovative ways to fund the necessary entities for safety and security of the people but, so are the the families all across America having to so for their life necessities.
More taxes is generally the quickest solution but, not best.
Kingman is a city that has tremendously in population. It is time for it to grow in providing greater shopping available to people right here verses having to make out of town trips in order to well made quality products
In other words This city needs a mall that will shore accommodate the shopping needs of the people and shore up the tax base for the city!


Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Well, now it’s time for the whiners to start piling in and talking about going out of town to do their shopping – thereby proving they actually do not care about their community or local businesses.

Of course the best idea would be for the city to just disband – do away with schools, teachers, cops, firemen, street repairs, sewage and water treatment, you know all of the things that make a city work.

And as Kingman moves ahead as a true, honest to God, no tax, “NON-CITY” they could sell tickets so people could pay to see the “Stupidest Town in America!” where the kids are dumb, their parents dumber and every yard has a ’72 Pinto up on blocks.



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