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Miller visits Legislature to fight for Pima County taxpayers

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Ally-MillerSubmitted by District 1 Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller

When running for office, I promised to fight for the taxpayers of Pima County. Since being elected in 2012 to serve on the Pima County Board of Supervisors, I have kept that promise and remain committed to Pima County’s hard‐working taxpayers. I am now taking the fight to the Arizona State Capitol.

To that end, I recently visited the State Legislature. It was a visit prompted by a newly introduced bill, SB1264, County Motor Vehicle Fuel Taxes, introduced by State .

Though the state is not willing to increase the state gas tax, which is currently 18 cents per gallon, Farley’s plan would permit counties throughout Arizona to impose a 3% fuel tax of its own. That is, a new county fuel tax in addition to the state and federal fuel taxes consumers already pay. This is an additional 3% per the cost of a gallon of gasoline.

The county that appears to be the most eager to assess a new tax on an already struggling community is Pima County, which is currently among the nation’s poorest regions.

Though gas taxes were initially imposed to generate funds for road maintenance, the tax dollars collected by the county would not necessarily serve such purposes. In fact, the language of the bill cites that “The county shall transfer the monies to the Council of Governments for the County” wherein The Council of Governments would then proceed to distribute the funds; however, the destination of the funds is not articulated. There is no language in the bill assigning the monies for the purpose of road repairs, new roads, mass‐transit, etc. Such an ill‐defined bill would leave tax dollars vulnerable to questionable use.

Pima County already has a road fund; however, the problem in the county is the mismanagement of those funds, which have been used to pay off bonds as well as the salaries and overhead of the Department of Transportation.

I gathered information from an April 2013 Gallup gas tax poll and personally delivered it to 20 of the bill’s sponsors. An overwhelming 66% of the American public is solidly opposed to new gas taxes.

Clearly, a sound majority of Americans presented in the Gallup poll do not support increases in the gas taxes for their states, even when presented with promises of mass‐transit and infrastructure projects. There is also no evidence that such legislation is at all supported by the majority in any of the political parties or in any region of the country, and I am committed to making sure the voices of Pima County’s taxpayers are being heard above the political fray.

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Also found is data showing that 10 states with the best roads in the country actually having the lowest gas taxes nationally, as opposed to the states with the highest gas taxes possessing the worst rated roads. Therefore, there is no correlation between the condition of roads and gas taxes.

What Pima County does not need is a new gas tax. While fuel costs alone have already increased exponentially, hiking the taxes – and imposing a new set entirely by the county – will create even more unnecessary burdens on struggling families and businesses, while filling the pockets of those who deliver nothing more than empty promises.

To stop the 3% county gas tax from becoming a new fixture in Pima County, it is imperative your State Legislators and Board of Supervisors hear from you! Call, fax, and email their offices and inform family, friends, and neighbors. Join me in stopping a 3% county gas tax from taking more hard‐earned dollars from the pockets of the residents of Pima County.

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Comments

  1. Well, well, Steve “trolly” Farley is at it again. What a loser. The man is an idiot pure and simple. He has helped put the COT in a 33 million dollar hole and now he wants to bail out the BOS who have never met a tax dollar they didn’t like. its not that the county doesn’t have the money, they just spend it on BS that makes no difference to the taxpayer. You know, like open land, opposing Rosemont with public money and the salaries of those county employees that the Huckster assigns to fight the mine and continue to spin out the story that its for the good of the area. Yea, the 8th poorest area in the country and damn proud of it. Now they want to be able to get 3 more percent of our money when we purchase gas to get to work. The BOS has no shame and have to be the most arrogant a^%$# in the county. Its way past time for them all to be gone accept Miller who is fighting for us tooth and nail against overwhelming odds. Hope she can bring out enough information of what happens behind the scenes to rally the people behind her and finally get rid of the 4 stupdivisors and their chief Huckster.

  2. To stop the 3% county gas tax from becoming a new fixture in Pima County, it is imperative your State Legislators and Board of Supervisors hear from you! Call, fax, and email their offices and inform family, friends, and neighbors. Join me in stopping a 3% county gas tax from taking more hard‐earned dollars from the pockets of the residents of Pima County.

    to stop it from becoming a fixture? it’s already in place? no news no reports not headlines no meetings to the public – the just added this ‘new tax’? On top of the Obamacare tax of course – looks like we’re head long forward to becoming a EU style socialist nation – comrade – Germany has over 50% tax rate – NYET to socialism!!!!!!!!!

  3. Call to Action says:

    BillyB is right. This should be a CALL TO ACTION

    Call your State REP or Senator also send them an email.
    Addresses @ link below:
    http://www.azleg.gov/MemberRoster.asp?Body=S

  4. We used to be taxed to pieces “for the children” but now the new BOS mantra is “to fix the roads.” Fixing the roads should have already happened but the fiscal black hole that is Pima county, just like the potholes, will never be filled.

  5. Tired Taxpayer says:

    When is Ray Carroll going to start acting like a fiscal conservative (pretend once in a while) and stand up for the taxpayers. Unfortunately with Carroll on the board conservatives in Pima count only have a 20% representation of the BOS. Way to go GOP leadership.

    That is an oximoron GOP & Leadership if there ever was one.

    Remember A 3% tax is not $0.03 per gallon but a tax on the price per gallon which we all know is only going up. just for grins & simplicity, assume price is price per gallon is $2.50. the pima county tax would be 7.50 cents per gallon. in other words an additional 42% of the state fuel tax. This type of Tax is incredibly regressive because the county residents are so dependent of gas powered transportation.

    They might as well put a sales tax on food. Ray Carroll still touts that he opposed a county sales tax back in 2008. Well Ray the economy no better for the residents now than it was then.

    Who bought your vote this time?

    I concurr with the others call your Representative or Senator

  6. Veronica Valentino says:

    I’m still trying to figure out why my house devalued almost $200,000.00 since 2006, but the taxes on it have more than doubled. Can Miller help me with that?

    • Ally Miller says:

      Veronica,
      Please contact my office and we can check your current valuation vs. 2006….if the valuation has gone down and the taxes have doubled that is clearly due to rate increases. Remember there are several taxing districts in addtion to Pima County…you need to look at your full bill…fire district is seperate tax district, school district is seperate from Pima County etc. So there could be many factors at play.
      Leave your address and we can look at the Pima County portion.
      724-2738 is my office number. You also may want to meet with the county assessor, Bill Staples. He is a seperate elected official independent of my office. My staff can give you his contact information.

    • RealityObserver says:

      Your house is now worth a lot less than in 2006, so far as what you could possibly sell it for, but did your evaluation for purposes of property tax go down? Assessors NEVER reduce valuations, until they are challenged through the process. A lot of people got “locked in” to the inflated value of their property at the peak of the housing bubble.

  7. Why the hell doesn’t the AZ lottery pay for road repairs? That was what it was intended to do was it not??

    • Ally Miller says:

      good question Calhob…need to check on what that money is earmarked for…

      • RealityObserver says:

        Report at http://www.azleg.gov/jlbc/14AR/lot.pdf (page 3). Read that one, not Wikipedia, that claims the majority goes to an “Education General Fund” – no such thing, as we all well know. Education money comes out of the General Fund, but money received by the General Fund from the Lottery is not specifically allocated, while other items are specifically allocated from the revenue stream. The Legislature can use the General Fund money for anything that is paid for from that fund.

        As to the specifically allocated revenues:

        Not a single cent is allocated to roads. The only actual transportation allocation is to Maricopa County – for mass transit.

        A good chunk of it is being used to pay off a $450 million “revenue bond” issue that the Legislature took out in 2010 against its future proceeds, for the State general fund.

        (My memory is somewhat vague – but I am a native Arizonan, almost 54 years now. If I remember right, the original selling point for the Lottery WAS for education – in other words, one of those “for the children” stories that changed about as soon as they had their sticky hands on the money.)

  8. Ally,

    Thanks for fighting for the people you represent!

    Don’t let the corrupt Pima County infrastructure deter you.

  9. Originally the AZ Lottery was touted as a fix for road construction and school funding. It was promised to save taxpayers money. None of which happened.