Watching Phoenix’s 104: “Propping Up” Light Rail

Tom Lane posted an interesting article on his SmartGrowthUSA website this morning about the impending Phoenix vote on Proposition 104, which asks Phoenix voters to tax themselves (along with everyone in Phoenix who doesn’t vote) to fund a $13 BILLION dollar expansion of Valley Metro Rail. The election is August 25th, about six weeks out. […]

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Super Bowl Tax Boost? Not Buying It

Peter Corbett’s front page article in today’s Arizona Republic on Super Bowl tax impact is a perfect example of how reading critically can reveal a completely different picture than the headline might suggest. ’15 Super Bowl visitors boosted tax revenue by double digits Sorry, Peter, I’m not buying it. And you gave a really good […]

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The Myth of Light Rail’s Property Value Impact

I recently had a tedious Facebook debate with Ed Casper about (or at least starting with) the notion that light rail has a significant positive effect on property tax revenue. The mechanism by which it is purported to do this is enhancement of property values along the light rail corridor. The original commentator reposted something […]

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