A vote by the Central Arizona College Governing Board last month, to increase property taxes by 45.4%, has received backlash from residents all across Pinal County. So much so, that a political action committee known as Citizens for Fair Taxation has been formed to recall 4 of the 5 Governing board members who voted in favor of the tax increase. Debra Banks, who represents District 2, was the only Governing Board member who voted against the increase.
Citizens for Fair Taxation, led by Chairman Garland Shreves held their first meeting last Wednesday in Casa Grande. About 135 residents, from Oracle to San Tan Valley attended, including Rep Vince Leach and CD 1 Candidate Gary Kiene. Shreves stated numerous times that he wanted everyone to know that this recall is not because he is against taxes or higher education. He just doesn't believe that the 45.4% increase is a fair increase and that is why he wants the board members recalled.
In addition to the current recall effort, Shreves also filed a complaint with the Attorney General's Office, alleging that the Governing Board violated the Open Meeting Laws by restricting residents from being able to hear what was being discussed or voted on at the May 19th meeting.
It appears that the Governing Board members are starting to feel the heat, as a special meeting will be held today, June 9th at 4pm in the Pence Center at the Signal Peak Campus. Governing Board President Gladys Christensen is hopeful that the Board will do away with the May 19th vote and vote on some type of modification in the tax levy tonight. The only item on the agenda for today's meeting is "DISCUSSION WITH POSSIBLE ACTION ON THE ADOPTED 2015-2016 TAX LEVY AND BUDGET".
The meeting is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. The meeting will start at 4pm at the Signal Peak Campus, in the Pence Center, located at 8470 N. Overfield Rd., Coolidge, AZ.
Residents who reside in Supervisor Districts 1, 3, 4, and 5, who are interested in supporting the recall effort are encouraged to contact Garland Shreves at 520-591-3314. Residents in District 2 are not able to sign petitions for the recall as the District 2 Board member was the one member to vote no on the tax increase. San Tan Valley is currently split into both districts 2 and 5.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS