Oro Valley Proposed Property Tax Increase Informational Meetings Scheduled

Of the $28 million, with interest, over the 20 year life of the bond, only $5.6 million will be allocated toward seven sports fields. [Photo from Town of Oro Valley]
Axe the Tax meeting schedule

Oro Valley Library

1305 W. Naranja Drive, Oro Valley, AZ

October 12, 2017 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

October 12, 2017 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Golder Ranch Fire Station

355 E. Linda Vista Blvd, Oro Valley, AZ

October 14, 2017 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

October 14, 2017 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

A group of concerned Oro Valley residents opposing Proposition 454, will hold meetings to provide residents with information regarding the proposed property tax.  According to Axe the Tax, the Town’s official open house on September 13, 2017, to discuss Prop 454’s Naranja Park Bond did not provide “residents the opportunity to ask their questions in an open forum.”

Each meeting will offer a short presentation followed by a question and answer session.

In an interview on the James T. Harris show, Axe the Tax members Mike Zinkin and Jack Stinnett highlighted that the $17 million Naranja Park Bond would ultimately cost taxpayers a total of $28 million, with interest, over the 20 year life of the bond.  As it stands, according to Axe the Tax members, only $5.6 million will be allocated toward seven sports fields.  The majority of the funding will be utilized for infrastructure for a future event center and sports complex which will require an additional bond.

Axe the Tax members argue that the Town’s recent announcement of a $2 million surplus “confirms that Naranja Park sports fields can continue to be built with the “pay as you go” strategy instead of imposing an unnecessary property tax on homeowners and commercial properties.  “Pay as you go” has been utilized successfully since 2008 when Oro Valley taxpayers voted against a $48.6 million bond for the Park.”

Axe the Tax in Oro Valley stands by its position that the Naranja Park Bond-Proposition 454 is “an unreasonable and irresponsible property tax for homeowners and commercial properties when the Town has resources to “pay as you go.”

8 Comments on "Oro Valley Proposed Property Tax Increase Informational Meetings Scheduled"

  1. If Oro Valley residents are dumb enough to fall for this after the golf boondoggle… well there just are no words for that kind of stupidity.

  2. The Town offered an “Educational Session” also. However Oro Valley’s meeting did not allow for open questions. I am certain the people holding these meetings have nothing to hide and will be ready to “factually “ eradicate all the smoke and mirrors the Mayor, and his minions are, spreading.

    • Be prepared for the town to have plants/spies there. No matter what is said at the open meetings, the elected officials are bought and paid for and will go to great lengths to pass all the bonds they can to show an illusion of ”Oro Valley is the greatest”…come live here! They don’t care about the common citizens. Tucson North will soon be what it really is.

  3. I agree in addition to the no answers meeting, the town
    is continuing to change their park information. The chart in my water bill makes no sense at all. Maybe in these meetings I can find out what is going on.

  4. Heather Dale | October 9, 2017 at 11:21 am |

    Better ask the kids how they will like paying off this tax in 20 years when they start working and the ball park is getting old.

  5. Bradley Louis | October 9, 2017 at 11:57 am |

    Why does anyone in Oro Valley want to support a tax increase for ball fields when we have the money to pay for them as we go? These are ball field people, the town hasn’t been hit by a hurricane and urgently needs money for reconstruction and relief, This bond issue is worse than dealing with a loan shark in terms of interest. Maybe the town is getting financial advise from Bert Lopez. You can bet if this passes only a fraction of the money will go to ball fields and “the kids”. Oro Valley, take a closer look at the mayor and town council. Do they deserve to have more of your money to waste.

  6. It will be important for residents to attend these meetings to actually get questions answered, unlike the open house meetings the town held, where they had us divide up to go to tables set up around the room to ask our individual questions. As one woman pointed out, we all wanted to hear the answers to questions that participants were posing. These meetings will give those answers. This bond affects our family monies, and I’m certain we all have budgets that we follow, and we pay as we go. Why can’t the town?

  7. The Oracle of Tucson | October 9, 2017 at 4:46 pm |

    If you wouldn’t buy into this crazy idea with your personal finances what would make you think it’s a good idea with the people’s money?
    Having what you need and having want is a delima we all face, part of being an adult is knowing magic doesn’t really exist. This bonding package is just an illusion that’s gonna last for 20 long years if approved.

    The Oracle

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