Who’s Being Naughty?

This sticky-fingered little miscreant was observed with these signs in his hands around 6 pm on Tuesday, 1/18/2011. Does anybody know who this is? Hmmmmmm? It looks like he’s removing two signs from in front of the Town Council Building at 50 E. Civic Center Dr.  Who put him up to this? I wonder if he has a collection of “No On Prop 406” signs in his garage? Remember how those disappeared? The ones handmade by Gilbert’s children?

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Bible Study Ban Followup

The Gilbert Town Council held a Special Meeting Monday night (3/22/2010) to discuss the now infamous Land Development Code (LDC) and the need to revise a couple of land use provisions. This meeting took place because of a series of events that led to a major media dust-up that put Gilbert in a most troubling national spotlight. Gilbert, the “forward looking, family oriented community with a small town atmosphere,” had become “the City that forbids bible studies in homes.” This is not the reputation that Mayor John Lewis and the Council Members had in mind for the Town.

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Please Reelect Jared Taylor for Gilbert Town Council

(Gilbert Watch welcomes this guest letter by Jared Taylor, who is currently serving as the Vice Mayor in Gilbert. He has lived in Gilbert since 1996 with his wife and three daughters.)

Over the last few years, Gilbert has been showered in recognitions. I’m running for re-election to build on our strengths, address our challenges, and keep Gilbert the best place to grow a family and build a business.

Here are a few of the recognitions our wonderful residents and Town have earned: 22nd Best Place to Live (Money Magazine, 2014); 2nd Safest City in the US (Law Street Media, 2016); Best City for Raising a Family (Move.org, 2016); 7th Happiest City in America (Zippia, 2016), and Top 5 Safest Cities to Build Your Startup (Tech.Co, 2016).

We couldn’t live in a better place at a better time. Who would have thought that Gilbert would have grown from “The Hay Capitol of the World” to one of the most successful cities or towns in the US?

My appreciation goes to the many wonderful residents and Town leaders who have made Gilbert so great.  

While we have had tremendous success, we continue to need strong leadership to address the challenges we face.

Over the last few decades, a large part of Gilbert’s budget has come from construction sales taxes.

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Jenn Daniels Raises Gilbert Taxes in Second Meeting as Mayor

On August 9, 2016, the Gilbert Town Council voted to increase taxes this year by $1.5 million dollars. It seems that, since former Mayor John Lewis and Council Members Eddie Cook, Jenn Daniels, and Jordan Ray earned a "Hero of Big Government" ranking from Americans for Prosperity in 2015,  the trend continues.  Council members are spinning and denying it’s a tax increase!    

According to Mayor Jenn Daniels:  "In light of the incredible misinformation that is being disseminated on Facebook and other forums, I would like to set the record straight:  YOUR TAXES DID NOT GO UP by our vote last night or any other vote by our current Town Council." 

The Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA) called it a tax increase, as did the Town of Gilbert website!  

ATRA stated:   

"In a split vote, the Town of Gilbert elected to raise its secondary property tax for FY17 from a rate of $1.0567 to $1.0609.  This results in a tax levy increase of approximately $1.5 million.  Surprisingly, some council members attempted to argue the tax rate and levy increase wasn’t a tax increase at all. For town leaders to suggest this is not a tax increase is simple obfuscation.  

"In actuality, the rate should have decreased substantially this year if they accounted for what property taxpayers have already paid.  For cities and towns, the secondary property tax is used exclusively for the repayment of voter-approved bonds.  The estimated debt service schedule in this year is $22.7 million.  The town has previously over-collected nearly $15 million for this purpose. This money is not a rainy day fund and cannot be used for any other purpose.  The town voted to use just 12% of this overpayment account ($1.7 million) to pay for debt service in FY17.  It is regrettable the town elected to increase taxes while it earns interest on past over-collections which sit in the bank.  Taxpayers must pay the debt-service on bonds, but they first ought to be credited for what they have already paid.  At a minimum, Gilbert owes a specific plan to its taxpayers to credit them back for what they have previously overpaid.  There is no financial justification to stockpile a massive sum as taxpayers are constitutionally obliged to repay the debt service on voter-approved debt each year via the property tax, making it an incredibly reliable and secure debt-instrument."

Town of Gilbert website:  "Proposed New and Increased Taxes or Fees"

 

The tax hike passed 4-2.  Here is the vote: 

 

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Voting – Heads or Tails?

If you haven’t been introduced to GilbertPolitics.com, I urge you to get acquainted.  This blog is published and thoughtfully written by concerned citizen and constitutional conservative Travis Dutson.  He unapologetically states, "Yes, I’m opinionated."  Please take advantage of his carefully studied, respectful opinions.  In his most recent post titled Voting – Heads or Tails, Mr. Dutson provides insight into why he has chosen to support certain candidates, including those running for U.S. Senate, Congressional CD5, LD12 Arizona Senate and House, and Gilbert Town Council.

We enjoy our liberties because of people like Travis Dutson who fights to protect them!  As you read his article, be sure to click on the link and read the Comments, which are equally enlightening.  Enjoy!

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