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6/13/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letters: Voters should've had tax voice

How does our city raise the sales tax by 0.50 percent, a 0.25 percent increase (after our 1.00 percent increase a year or so ago) without permission from the voters?

Who are these people working for? This is crazy. We sit back and let this happen.

Kevin Burgess


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: quand la crevette aprend á siffler .....

@Janice.....or when government learns how to spend conservatively, whichever comes first. That's when I'll support raising taxes. (The way Monsanto is going, shrimp probably WILL learn how to whistle someday, but government practising fiscal responsibility like the rest of us are forced to so? Never!)

Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

@ Research

There is a reason, other that political ease, that a city might raise sales tax rather than add a property tax.

When people come from other locations to shop in Kingman stores they are driving on streets that the city maintains, they rely on the traffic signals that the city installs and operates. If they are victimized by or commit a crime or are involved in a traffic accident in the city, the city employed police respond. They might decide to buy a carry out lunch and stop at a city park (maintained by city employees), to eat and let the children run before heading back to the outskirts.

Not only do people from semi local places like Peach Springs, (to use your example), come to Kingman to shop, but there are numerous travelers who stop in Kingman to stay overnight or eat a meal, get gasoline, or shop.

If the financial shoe was on the other foot, and the residents in Kingman were paying an additional property tax to cover city services then all the people complaining about sales tax here would be complaining about city property owners having to subsidize all the out -of -towners for the additional costs of providing services.

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013
Article comment by: janice palmer

all I want to say is this...I don't support ANY TAX RAISE.... there are other avenues. quit making roads that go no where, and doing projects that only benefit the contractors...nes pas???

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew


“anson........... it would be nice if you took your own suggestion!”

Why? Because I consistently post the truth that makes the righties – who keep electing these morons – look foolish? Be assured that if I were to move I would still posy comments here just to drive the righties nuts.


Yes, I will come here and say that taxes do serve the greater good of the community. But we know that many of you righties find taxation abhorrent and so I will once again proffer the suggestion that Kingman as a city be disbanded. No more taxes – or schools, or roads, or “liberal” teachers, or cops, or fireman, or water, or sewers, or trash collection. And as I have said in the past – the remaining pathetic fools could then charge admission so people could come and visit the stupidest community in the nation.

Personally I take pride in paying my taxes (guess it comes from being a true American who has served his nation and understands the value of taxes) because I like having roads, and sewers, and police, and fire protection and the myriad other things that come from supporting my community.

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013
Article comment by: Frances Perkins

What if two members of the same family served on the same school board? I don't remember the voters voting on taking away the cities lottery money, the cities highway user funds, or the other State shared revenues, so the One party dictatorship in Phoenix could claim the balanced the budget with no gimmicks.

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

anson........... it would be nice if you took your own suggestion!

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: Need to Remember This Election Time

It's those Tax and Spend Republicans.

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

I agree, unfortunately as the usual liberal suspects (which I'm sure you will hear from) will tell you, the government is here to help you, you should be willing to part with your hard-earned money for the greater good (government).

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

One has to find amusement in this letter writers anger, misery! How did this happen whom did you vote for to make these decisions? Mohave county is run by republicans, now they traditionally say they are anti-tax but everyone knows with one tiny bit of common sense Democrats call taxes what they are taxes, Republicans either twist the meaning of taxes and call them raising fee's or they just out right lie and figure the right wing in Mohave county is so deep in their political pockets they can do what ever they wish and it will be ok! Beware what you wish for all you far right wing fans!

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: Doing Research

Sales tax goes up because it's politically easier to do that than touch property taxes. Part of that is that Kingman then pulls taxes in from outside the city limits this way.

Drive in from Peach Springs to buy $300 of stuff from Walmart? Sure, you're paying Kingman city taxes on that - taxes that pay, for example, Kingman sewer lines to get repaired when they need.

Or maybe you would prefer that the residents of Kingman bare the complete burden of funding the city services and operation? No? Oh, so redistribution of wealth is OK when you benefit? Just wanted to check...ok.

If the city council was smart, they would hire an economist (or get a PhD student from U of A) and have them come in, study shopper habits in town, and maximize the sales tax to probably 11.3% (just a guess). Which would be juuuuuuuuuuuust high enough that people in Kingman don't want to drive to Vegas for large purchases.

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: For a Better Kingman

Uh, you do have a voice. It's called an election. You elected these people. You can vote them out.

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Perhaps it is because there is no requirement that such a tax increase be placed before the voters.

And instead of celebrating a 50% reduction in the sales tax, as usual there is the never ending whine about a minor increase that will benefit the city that is reeling under the policies put in place by the Republican controlled state legislature that cut massive funding from all cities and counties in the state.

Suggestion – move away.

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