Letter: Realtors oppose city property tax

Mayor John Salem and City Council:

As president of the Kingman-Golden Valley Association of Realtors, I felt obligated to respond to the recent comments by the City Council regarding property taxes and the possibility that a tax may be put on the ballot to the citizens of Kingman.

The Kingman-Golden Valley Association of Realtors will use our local influence and available assets in coordination with the citizens of Kingman and will form partnerships with other like-minded groups, individuals and organizations, throughout the city, county and state, to fervently defend our property and tax status.

As a business owner myself, I have felt the cuts that have been required of my business as much as anyone in the city. It is the belief of the association directors that further cuts can be made by the city of Kingman to avoid an additional tax upon the citizens. The association also believes additional taxes will reverse the recent growth that we are experiencing in both residential and commercial properties which will compound the problems the city and local businesses are currently experiencing.

The answer to a deficit is twofold: 1) All business and Government entities must cut budgets to meet incomes; and 2) Government needs to work with private business owners to add additional businesses to the rolls, thus bringing in additional income and growth. It is not possible to tax ourselves out of a recession.

Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions.

Dwayne E. Patterson, President

Kingman-Golden Valley Association of Relators

Broker/Owner-ReMax Prestige Properties