Connie Wilhelm, queen of urban sprawl, wants you to pay for more sprawl so rich developers can get richer and pay nothing
PHOENIX -- The Governor's office has unwisely entered an unfair deal with Connie Wilhelm of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, and other developers, to let them pay zero and get off the hook on needed impact fees, while us taxpayers would be shaken down for over $42.6 billion through higher sales taxes, to subsidize new roads to enable more unsustainable urban sprawl.
Unacceptably, transit would get 600% less in the road dominated plan, and sales taxes would be near 10% for most Arizonans.
The regressive sales tax boost that hurts low income people most, like many in LD29, was reason alone to say 'no!' to this lame plan. The sweetheart corporate welfare free pass for developers is reason to say 'no and hell no!'.
So much for following the clear will of the people that development start to pay for itself. That has been ignored with this unwise give-away to corporations.
Read the perspective of many below on our declining quality of life due to developer driven road and car-centric planning, which the higher sales tax plan offers more of the same.
Re: the May 6 article "As Ariz. degrades, folks may leave."
Thank you for the story. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in math, I am planning on moving out of Arizona after 25 years here.
Growth here has been handled very poorly and there is no indication, given the Interstate 10 bypass plans, and the imminent Grant Road widening project, that this is going to change.
As a native, I love the heat and the natural beauty of the state, but I'm tired of living in a place built for cars rather than for people.
Maybe I'll be back after the state becomes livable for those who would rather not drive 20 miles a day.AZ Daily Star, 5/10/08
James Portwood, Tucson
James Portwood, Tucson
The Legislature was right to not put this bad proposal on the ballot. So developer-paid professional petition hucksters will be out soon asking you to raise your already high sales taxes to pay for more roads while developers pay nothing. They won't present it in that honest way, of course. Don't be fooled. Just say no. Don't sign.
I respect and like Governor Janet Napolitano, but this unjust deal stinks and should be rejected. If her office must stoop so low to move this roads plan, it is just another strong indication of many that this is the wrong plan at the wrong time. Voters have the power to send it down in flames, and I predict we will.
Sadly, it appears Pat Graham and the Nature Conservancy, which has been known to sometimes make bad political deals, may have a hand in this to buy neutrality from developers on a modest first step proposal for State Lands reform. I hope this deal doesn't also end up tainting the supportable State Lands proposal.