City & Local Reform
There are almost 90,000 local governments in America, with an average of one new local government born every day. Many are unaccountable to taxpayers and special interest-driven, and the Goldwater Institute’s “New Charter for American Cities” gives citizens the tools they need to fight City Hall and hold their local governments accountable.
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It's Time to Shine Light on Wasteful Spending at the Local LevelPosted on March 26, 2010 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Nick Dranias
When Phoenix realized that it faced a projected $245 million budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year, new City Manager David Cavazos requested that every department submit proposed budget reductions ranging from 7 to 25 percent. Those proposals were placed on his desk in November and early December. But when the Goldwater Institute asked for them, they disappeared into a black hole.
Phoenix city budget still doesn't reflect changing timesPosted on March 04, 2010 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach
Adapt and overcome. This is part of a Marine Corps mantra born of a resource scarcity the service suffered when its equipment consisted mostly of hand-me-downs from the Army.
Property Tax Exemptions Shift Burden to NeighborsPosted on February 18, 2010 | Type: Press Release
PHOENIX--Some Arizona cities that recruit major shopping malls and high-rise buildings have used a special tax incentive that waives most of the development's property taxes, often for 50 years or longer.
Scottsdale and Tempe don't need higher hotel taxesPosted on February 10, 2010 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach
On March 9, Scottsdale and Tempe voters will decide whether to approve a two percentage point increase in their cities’ tax on hotel room rentals. In both cities, hotel associations seem united in support of the measures.
Phoenix Withholds Public Records for Hotel Remodeling "Development" DealPosted on February 05, 2010 | Type: Press Release
PHOENIX--The City of Phoenix refuses to share with the public any records that might reveal details about a proposed tax exemption to help a downtown hotel remodel its rooms and hallways.