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Not the time to cut state funds

Citizen Staff Writer
Our Opinion

It would be absurd if it weren’t true. As Arizona legislators whack away at state services – cutting spending for education, making it likely fewer child abuse cases will be investigated and laying off employees – they also are voting to cut $250 million in badly needed revenue.

Three years ago, when the state had a budget surplus, the state property tax was suspended. It is due to return this year – and just in time.

But legislators think it should be permanently eliminated – a move that would be a big financial boost for businesses but give minimal help to homeowners.

Before they kill the tax permanently, legislators must think. Think what that $250 million would mean for schools. Think how many child abuse investigations could be undertaken for $250 million. Think how many employees could keep their jobs for $250 million.

This is not the time to eliminate a revenue source.

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