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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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