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11/4/2012 6:00:00 AM
Guest Column: Propositions are wolves pawing at your wallets
Bill Walker
Kingman Resident

There are two important propositions on the Arizona Ballot: Proposition 117 and Proposition 204. They are wolves in sheep's clothing.

On Proposition 117 dealing with property taxes, you need to do the math. With the so-called 5 percent cap increase yearly, a current tax bite of $500 on a given property in 10 years will increase by 55 percent to $776, and 15 years from now your taxes would more than double.

The Arizona proposition is not California's Proposition 13 initiated several years ago. Proposition 117 does not include or limit various taxing districts throughout the state of Arizona, such as library, TV, fire or flood control districts, not to mention educational institutions.

Several individuals and groups of people tried in Arizona to limit the percentage of tax increases but have been met with severe opposition at every level of government. Every governmental agency always wants more. I encourage you to vote no on Proposition 117.

Proposition 204 is also a wolf wanting a permanent topping of ice cream on his daily food supply.

The wolf is a 1 percent permanent increase in the sales tax for the state of Arizona, previously approved by voters in 2010 as a temporary measure, and promised to end in June 2013.

No, no, no, not now, says the wolf. I like my daily topping of ice cream. Just look how healthy I have become! Now the time has come when the same group of politicians and tax-supported entities throughout the state of Arizona don't want to give up the 1 percent sales tax.

If you vote no on Proposition 204, just look at all the bad things that will happen to Arizona, says the wolf. Teachers will quit teaching and go to flipping burgers, your child won't become educated, roads and bridges will fall apart, the sick will soon die, and the list goes on and on.

If you vote yes on Proposition 204, I assure you it will only be a matter of time and the sales tax issue will again be on the ballot for another increase.

Again, I ask that you vote no on Proposition 204.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012
Article comment by: Lynne Weaver

We are working to get Prop 13 Arizona on the 2014 ballot. Prop 13 Arizona is true property tax reform by limiting valuation increases to no more than 2% per year and capping the total tax rate at 0.5% for all residential and 1% for all other real property. It copies the successful CA Prop 13 formula but closes the loopholes by banning parcel taxes, overrides and exceptions to the tax caps.

Prop 117's passage with 57% of the vote shows us that Arizona voters want property tax limits. After all the Yes on 117 group put up signs that falsely said "Lower Property Taxes" and people voted for it. Imagine how many would vote for an initiative that REALLY DOES limit property taxes.

Prop 13 Arizona in 2014!

Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012
Article comment by: Been Taxed .....

•PROP. 117 IS AN UNFAIR TAX SHIFT FROM LARGE PROPERTY OWNERS TO MIDDLE-CLASS HOMEOWNERS: Prop. 117 opens up a big loophole: It only caps appraisal values. That means governments can still increase the tax rates to make up the lost revenue, but it changes who PAYS. Disguised as reform, this is a massive TAX SHIFT away from higher appreciating property owned by wealthy developers onto homeowners in medium and low-income neighborhoods.

Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

"The Realtors support this, the Chambers support this ..."

That's more than enough reason to Vote NO!

Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

The only thing I want to remind people of is that this is a tourist state. An awful lot of the tax dollars spent here are from people that don't live here. It seems to me that that is reason enough for us to approve this tax increase. The govt gets the tax money and it doesn't all come from the tax payers with in the state.

Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Article comment by: Ron Nicholson Assessor

For 31 years Arizona has had two taxable property values. The Full Cash Value, which all Secondary tax calculations are based upon such as ‘Fire, Library, TV, Flood Control districts, and some educational institutions has no valuation cap and can increase by any amount up to market value. On the other hand, Limited Property Value, which all Primary tax calculations are based upon such as County, Cities and MCC are by the current constitution mandated to increase 10% or more every year till they equal the Full Cash Market Value. This amendment to the Constitution will immediately decrease in 2015 the Primary taxable values by 3% or more Reduce the Limited Property Value increases from 10% or more by over half to 5% And for the first time place a limit of 5% increases on Secondary taxable value. A NO vote for prop 117 is a vote for higher taxable values on all real property applying to all taxing jurisdictions. A YES vote for Prop 117 is a vote for lower taxable values on all real property applying to all taxing jurisdictions. The Realtors support this, the Chambers support this and all those who support limiting taxable value increases support this.

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