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12/8/2013 5:59:00 AM
Letter: There's more to property tax story

In reply to Mr. Bihuniak's Nov. 4 article, I feel the other side of the story deserves attention. I will preface this by stating up front that I am not a city resident. My property abuts the city limits, and I have petitioned the city to annex my property. They declined, citing the cost to attach me to the sewer, and to furnish me with twice-a-week trash pickup. However, they have no qualms about charging me double the water rates that city residents pay. With an acre of fruit trees and a garden, that is certainly no small consideration!

But I feel entitled to weigh into this city property tax matter, as I have been a business owner downtown for the last 10 years. During this tenure, I have watched the downtown area go through its major ebbs and tides. Our biggest single handicap has been the absentee landlords, who buy property here due to its lack of property taxes. Then they sit back in their luxurious homes in Southern California and collect their rents without spending a dime to fix up their properties. Therefore, downtown achieves its blighted appearance.

The city of Kingman is unique - it is the place everyone goes through to get someplace else. Situated at the crossroads of Interstate 40, U.S. 95 (soon to be Interstate 11), the BNSF Railway mainline, Historic Route 66 (with next year's celebration!), along with the potential for a major airport. There are lots of very scenic views; the Hualapai Mountains are a 10-minute drive away. I could tout our potential attractions all day, but let me suffice to say Kingman could, and should be, a desired destination point! But our lack of support by city government, due mostly to the cost of development without a tax base to pay for this development, leaves Kingman, once again, shooting itself in the foot!

I realize no one wants more taxes, and I applaud Mayor Watson for biting the bullet and proposing such a thing. But the reality is, we all enjoy all the new shopping that is slowly dribbling into Kingman, despite the resistance from city hall. A reasonable city property tax would change all that, likely even lowering the sales tax, which would attract more out-of-town buyers to come to Kingman for their major purchases: cars, appliances, etc. The trickle-down effects would benefit us all. And Kingman could become the city and county seat to be taken seriously - not ignored and even laughed at, as we have been all these years.

A reinstatement of the city property tax will definitely be a hard sell, but one that I strongly feel would definitely help Kingman grow and prosper, not continue to wither and die. The time has come, Kingman! Let's all grab our bootstraps and pull together!

If this gets passed, mine will be the first application for annexation! Thank you for listening.

Willis L. Lynes


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013
Article comment by: Why is it Always

Why do the people who HAVE NO SKIN IN THE GAME always think More Tax is the answer !! Here again someone who DOESN'T live in Kingman think we should be taxed more ??? Well Willis L. Lynes if you feel kingman needs more money YOU can send money anytime you like but don't tell me that my tax rate isn't high enough !! May be the city should learn to live with in it's means !! The rest of have to my wife and I have worked for 45 years paid all our bills (with our own money ) Never ask for opm 's (other peoples moneys ) saved some money so we could enjoy retirement and people like you don't have any problem wanting to spend our money so you can feel good about the clowns running the city having more money to blow. So STAY OUT OF MY POCKET !!!

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