Gilbert City Council Candidates Talk Property Taxes

Tom Blodgett and Lucie Flagg

Should the city seek to maintain its secondary property tax rate on voter-approved debt of $0.99 per $100 of assessment, or, if you advocate reducing the rate, what reductions the city should- she do to pay off this debt or how else would you pay for this?

Chuck Bongiovanni, c.co-founder and CEO of Majestic Residences Franchise Systems

I think we’ve done an adequate job of keeping it low, but we also need to consider paying down debt whenever possible. For example, if we collect 5% more property tax value increases, we need to consider how much we would save for taxpayers by paying off some of the debt sooner. »

Bobbi Buchli, rreal estate broker

At this time, I would advocate retaining and maintaining the secondary property tax rate on voter-approved debt of $0.99 per $100 of assessment. »

Mario Chicas, aaccount representative

The rate should always be under severe scrutiny. Council Member Hendrix asked staff to explain to residents how they set the rate at the May 17, 2022 meeting. Staff were unable/unwilling to explain why the rate remains at 0, $99. In the absence of information, the public will form its own opinion. The public opinion is that officials and staff are not honest. Let’s take a look at reducing frivolous spending and how about stopping borrowing? »

Michael Clark, p.resident of Digital Illustrations LLC & AW Sales LLC

I don’t know if I can answer the question the way you want. Focusing on growth and expansion always seems to answer your question. Developing solid and stable income is Gilbert’s best friend. Controlling expenses and collecting significant revenues will not cause the quality of service and quality of life to be lost. When it comes to cuts, they say, don’t cut your nose to upset your face. You will find that the expense lines actually need to be increased. Gilbert needs a strong retention program for our police, fire and city employees. Retention is essential to serve Gilbert’s residents, businesses and visitors. »

Yung Koprowski, c.civil engineer, board member

Gilbert has one of the lowest tax burdens of any municipality in the valley. We do not have a primary property tax. The secondary property tax levy can only be used to pay off voter-approved general obligation bonds. The current rate should be sufficient for the approved public safety training facility, transportation and infrastructure bonding, as well as possible future park bonding. I am an analytical thinker and will make data-driven decisions to use your tax dollars efficiently while providing comprehensive and innovative services to residents and businesses. »

Obayomi bus, mmanagement consultant

Our secondary property tax rate is one of the lowest in the state. I will give priority to maintaining the current tax rate of $0.99 per $100 of property assessment. It is our priority to ensure that we do not collect taxes for exactly what they are intended for. I’m all for a common sense approach and making sure we continue to maintain the high home value that we’re proud of.”

Scott September, rregional director, board member

Gilbert is ranked in the first quartile of America’s Best Financially Managed Cities. Unlike many other towns in the valley, we have no primary property tax. By law, our secondary property tax can only be used for voter-approved bond debt service. Gilbert lowered its tax rate from $1.15 per $100 of property assessment to $1.06 in 2015 and $0.99 in 2019. The current rate was set to meet payment obligations of the city’s surety. To reduce the rate at this time would have to allocate money from other sources of tax revenue or jeopardize Gilbert’s ability to meet his obligations.”

Bill Spence, retired United States Navy nuclear engineering officer

Gilbert has a history of prepaying voter-approved debt, which has saved millions of dollars in interest and maintains our AAA bond rating. I believe the current secondary property tax rate is appropriate as long as there is tight control over spending, and the city continues its practice of issuing bonds only when needed and repaying bond debt early. “

Jim Torgeson, owner of Mesa Sign Shop

I am morally opposed to property taxes, but understand that we are established on a basis on 3 legs public finance system. That being said, the rate should always be scrutinized downward. You pay tax on money you’ve earned for a down payment, money you’ve borrowed, and equity you only realize when you sell. I’d love to see frivolities like the group that makes silly videos for just reduced entertainment purposes. It’s $2.4 million a year. Our last mayor made carpool karaoke videos at city expense. Borrow less.”

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