Allen's Blog

  • Repeal The Regressive Rental Tax NOW!

    Posted by · September 07, 2023 11:18 AM · 1 reaction

    The State of Arizona has made the collection of sales tax on long-term housing illegal with a new law that takes effect in January of 2025.

    The idea that communities would tax housing is absurd and it is a tax that has long needed to be abolished. The elimination of the tax will have an impact on Fountain Hills’ bottom line but instead of wringing our hands, we should be looking at ways to get ahead of surrounding communities.

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  • Now Is NOT The Time For a $48 Million Tax Hike!

    Posted by · August 16, 2023 11:20 AM · 1 reaction

    If you knew the proposed $25 million bond for school construction would cost as much as $29 million in interest, would you still support it?

    Every dollar spent to pay down the debt means spending at least another dollar on interest. In other words, taxpayers will spend $50 million to get $25 million for our kids thanks to Bidenonmics, which has created a 22-year high interest rates.

     

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  • Fountain Hills Check Register 7/12/2023

    Posted by · July 23, 2023 5:42 PM

    I have been asking staff for the Fountain Hills town check register for months and finally this week this was sent to all council members. The total for this check run was $1,264,622.86.

     

     

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  • Eight People Request Opening Invocation

    Posted by · July 20, 2023 1:55 PM

    In January the Town Council reinstated the opening prayer with a four to three vote. Read more about it here.

    Way back in 2020 Mayor Dickey eliminated the Invocation/Prayer at the beginning of each Town Meeting without a vote.

    Last month Mayor Dickey changed the procedure for selecting the person doing the invocation, again without a vote.

    Notice a trend?

    Out of curiosity and to promote much needed transparency, I submitted a Freedom of Information Request for who requested to do the invocation. Eight people responded and here they are:

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  • FHUSD Not in compliance with the Uniform System of Financial Records

    Posted by · May 26, 2023 1:20 PM · 1 reaction

    FHUSD Board Member Madicyn Reid had taken lots of criticism from establishment politicians and bureaucrats for requesting the district obtain three written quotes on purchases.
    It seems some owe her an apology.
    The district just received their results from the Arizona Auditor Generals audit for the year ended June 30, 2022. One of the deficiencies listed was not obtaining 3 written quotes.
    Three written bids promotes fair and open compettion among vendors.

     

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  • Local Meet & Greet Townhall with Rep. Alex Kolodin and Allen Skillicorn

    Posted by · May 26, 2023 12:21 PM · 1 reaction

    AZ Rescue Mission w/ Rep. Alex Kolodin & Councilman Allen Skillicorn 6.3.23


    Arizona State House Representative Alex Kolodin, Fountain Hills Councilman Allen Skillicorn and Grassroots Leader Merissa Hamilton updates us on what's going on in the political landscape & how we can make a difference!

    You are invited! https://givebutter.com/azrescue511

    Please use the promo code PIE

     

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  • Yes, No Tax Increase Bonds Increase Your Taxes

    Posted by · May 22, 2023 8:18 AM · 1 reaction

    By Mike McShane

    Its spring election season and across the country citizens will be heading to the polls to vote in municipal elections. In my community, in addition to trying to narrow down a field of mayoral candidates and electing school board members, we will also vote on what is being billed as a “no tax increase bond” issuance for our local school district.

    Like many terms in politics, putting “no tax increase” in front of “bonds” is supposed to blunt the opposition to new taxes. But let’s be clear, there is no special category of bonds that school districts issue that doesn’t increase your taxes. No tax increase bonds increase your taxes.

    How? School districts regularly issue bonds to finance capital improvements like building new buildings or renovating existing infrastructure. Taxpayers pay off those bonds over time, usually via an increase to their property taxes. Bonds are issued for a specific period, and when they are paid off, taxpayers tax bills go down.

    Yes, bonds hike taxes

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  • Fountain Hills Needs Roads Not Unused Exercise Equipment & Umbrellas

    Posted by · May 21, 2023 5:54 PM

    The words accountability and transparency are frequently used by politicians when campaigning but when it comes to governing, what do these words actually mean?

    In practical terms accountability and transparency at the local level means safeguarding taxpayer money and making responsible choices. We cannot control how money is spent at the state and federal level because we can only vote for our local representatives, but at the local government level, we as voters have a direct say in who represents us on our town council.

     

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  • Skillicorn Paves the Way with Roads First Budget

    Posted by · May 05, 2023 5:48 PM · 1 reaction

    Fountain Hills Councilman Allen Skillicorn Paves the Way with Roads First Budget

    Fountain Hills, AZ – Fountain Hills Councilman Allen Skillicorn renewed his commitment to local residents by introducing his Roads First Budget for Fountain Hills, AZ at the May 2nd Town Meeting.

    “Most politicians are big spenders; they push budgets and spending to the max at every opportunity,” Skillicorn said. “When I ran for town council, I made a promise to fix our roads without a tax hike and go through the budget line by line and that is exactly what I am doing.”

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  • Fountain Hills Town Salaries April 2023

    Posted by · April 25, 2023 7:13 PM · 1 reaction

    In an effort to promote more and more transparency, here are the Town of Fountain Hills salaries.

     Full name                                          Pay rate                Position

     Whisler, Andrew D                          110240.00          ASST TOWN ENGINEER

     Kueffer, Tiffani M                            28.00                    BENEFITS & PAYROLL SPECIALIST

     Grudier, Marilyn P                         28.97                    BUILDING PERMIT TECH

     Hastings, Dianne L                          25.00                    BUILDING PERMIT TECH

     Johnson, Peter                                 109693.78          CHIEF BUILDING OFFICIAL

     Pock, David                                       137471.00          Chief Financial Officer

     Ciccarone, Michael                         108515.00          CHIEF TECHNOLOGY ADMINISTRATOR

     

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