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Chamber survey: Businesses back bond

Two surveys conducted by the city and the Miner showed public safety is at the forefront of the community's capital improvement priority list, parks and recreation was gasping for air, and street improvements fell somewhere in the middle.

Now, the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce has added its own poll, this one of local business owners, in an effort to see which, if not all, of the three city bonds - totaling $56.7 million - will pass on Election Day.

The Chamber claims a membership of 847, that being the number of people in the general Kingman area who own a business. The Chamber sent 549 surveys via e-mail, and of those, 109 responded.

The Chamber's results represent close to 13 percent of the business owners registered with the Chamber; however, not all businesses in the Kingman area are registered.

According to data provided by Chamber President Beverly Liles, members who responded overwhelmingly favor approving all three.

Eighty-two percent of business owners (90 out of 109) gave their support for the $11.66 million public safety bond; 80 percent supported the $36.4 million street improvement bond (87 out of 109); and 76 percent supported the $8.64 million parks and recreation bond (83 out of 109).

"From our survey results of business in our community that are interested enough to answer the survey, it seems this is what they want," Liles wrote in a memo accompanying the results.

"These are capital improvements the city of Kingman needs. This is not about the mayor and Council, this is not about politics, this is about the Kingman community and what we need to keep up with the past and future growth of Kingman."

Those numbers differ significantly from both the city's survey of 18,500 residents and the Miner's survey of 392 registered voters and homeowners. The Chamber survey does, however, represent a different demographic.

The property tax increase that will pay for the bonds will affect home and business differently; residents with an average-valued home ($136,040, according to Arizona Department of Revenue statistics) can expect to pay about $130 a year more in property taxes if all three bonds pass. The owner of an average-valued business will face an additional $886-a-year property tax hike for a business valued at $386,625. These tax increases will be effective for approximately 24 years.

The Chamber's numbers are far more flattering to the street and park bonds than were either the city's or the Miner's surveys. According to data available on the city's Web site, CityofKingman.