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Coconino County Unanimously Approves Property Tax Hike

By Elisha Dorfsmith

About 60 concerned Coconino County residents attended a public hearing on a proposed 2% property tax increase this afternoon. While this increase is considered small, county residents are furious to see this tax hike coming on the heels of a recent 18.5% county tax increase. After much public input, the board went ahead and unanimously approved raising the tax.

Some citizens speaking to the board before the vote wondered if there was anything the county could possibly cut from their budget.”We all have to live within our means, why can’t you?” One attendee asked.

Board member Carl Taylor (who earlier had falsely suggested that all attendees in the room were members of the tea party) responded with “The County has reduced below what is healthy.”

He blamed the public for the high cost of running the county and pointed out that 38% of the county budget goes to criminal justice. “Tell your friends and family to behave.” He said.

Don Peavey of Free Flagstaff Media revisited the criminal justice topic later on and told the board that the county could save millions by releasing some non-violent offenders.

Other concerned residents told the board that they feel the county is working against the people rather than working for the people. One resident asked “what benefits have we received from these tax increases?”

“Your signs are heartfelt but this board is also heartfelt.” Board Member Mandy Metzger told the crowd as the board prepared to vote. One by one the board voted yes.

After the vote was taken a low murmur of disgust could be heard around the room.

Coconino County taxpayers protest outside the County Administrative Center before the meeting.

Jeff Oravits who recently formed an exploratory committee to run for City office holds a sign outside the county building.

Concerned Coconino County residents start filling the meeting room before the public hearing.


  1. Jim_AZ
    July 12, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    The unanimity will make it easier to remember which ones to throw out this time around, but you’ll need to remember them next time.
    …I sure miss that (Inc.) entry on the ballots…

  2. Joy Staveley
    July 12, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    I think Carl Taylor’s comments were despicable! It’s also interesting that he would suggest that the anti tax people were all members of the Tea Party. I don’t recall him ever saying that all members speaking on his side were from F cubed in past meetings! This is getting bad folks! We don’t have representation for our views at all!

  3. jimmie
    July 13, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Sounds like too many of the other governments today. Don’t worry what the people think, we’ll just do what we want.

  4. HerbRoscoe
    July 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Yes–throw them out, but we’ve been doing that our whole lives and things keep getting worse. These offices seem to attract the type of people that feel they have the best ideas for how you should live your lives. “Tell your friends and family to behave.” What a pathetic comment. The politicians are the ones that have created this police state, now they want to blame it on you. The control freaks want their little utopia, and are willing to use the force of government to get it. I’m telling you now, it’s never going to happen. Eventually enough people will get involved and there will be no stopping the movement. It always works this way. We don’t want you telling us how to live our lives. For god’s sake you can’t even run your own! Non-violent resistance is the key. I would like to see this happen in my lifetime, but even if it doesn’t it will eventually happen. Always does, and then we win.

  5. July 13, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Here’s the Coconino County FY2011 budget:


    The county says they have cut back more than is “healthy”. Look at this budget and see if you can find some places to cut. 😉

  6. carl
    July 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Carl Taylor “Tell your friends and family to behave.”

    I’ll bet these govt parasites are on HOA boards too

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