8/8/2012 9:29:00 AM Q & A with County Supervisor candidates: Taxes vs. budget cuts
Courtesy the Daily Courier
Question: The county budget is balanced. If you were elected, would you increase taxes or make further cuts to keep it there?
District 1 candidates:
Kelly Cordes (R)
"One of the things the new board should do once they take office is take a look at each department and see what each department's needs are, and see where things can be cut and where they can't be cut. There's going to have to be a study done on that."
John Hanna (R)
"I would make cuts. Increasing taxes is the very last resort and there's a whole lot we can do before we get to that point."
Bob Luzius (R)
"I'd have to make more cuts; now is not the time to increase taxes."
Lucy Mason (R)
"I am never of a mind to increase taxes, ever. I will support cutting back on governmental processes and regulation and even jobs, before I will support raising a tax."
Rowle Simmons (R)
"You can't predict that. I'm not one who wants to increase taxes, I can tell you that right now. But you really can't say what's going to happen next year. Hopefully, you wouldn't have to do any more cutting."
District 2 candidates:
Alan "Buck" Buchanan (I)
"Cuts, no increases in taxes. We can't do it right now. If we need to decrease the budget, then that's what we need to do."
Scott "Wild Wes" Lance (Other)
"They've done a fine job (of balancing the budget) so far. I would never increase taxes - I am a totally anti-tax guy. I'd like to see all taxes go."
John McReynolds (R)
"You have to make cutbacks. I'm not talking about cutting employees or cutting services, but you have to watch that balance."
Martin Pangburn (R)
"No way, no new taxes, absolutely not. We need to look at (county government) through the eyes of efficiency."
Tom Thurman (Incumbent, R)
"If (the economy) started dumping again, we would have to look at ways to cut. But I don't like laying anyone off... I'll do it through attrition."
District 4 candidates:
William Blankemeier (R)
"I would do more cuts - nothing drastic. I'm talking when people retire, things like that."
Craig Brown (R)
"There would appear to be a slight increase in revenues, so that might be a good thing, where we could possibly lower taxes."
Walter Burcham (R)
"We've done a great job. Why would we want to change? Let's continue down that road. It's possible we might be able to reduce the tax rate again."
Dick Busby (R)
"I am not increasing taxes. When I left the county in 2002, I had a staff of 16. Three years later it was a staff of 26. Now they're trying to claim the staff is down 38 percent. You don't give $50,000 to Sharlot Hall as feel-good money."
Lynn Duke (R)
"I am not pro-tax increase, and I don't think we need to do that and this is certainly not the time to be increasing taxes. The county is in excellent financial condition, so I don't think any of the new supervisors need to go in and fix it."
Gary Warren (R)
"I would have to look at cuts. Just as you run your business, you look at where you can cut, and then, if you have to, in a business, you would have to raise prices - but that would be a last resort."
District 5 candidates:
Jack Smith (R)
"I would do more cuts. I would try to ensure more cuts as best I could."
Bill Williams (D)
"I don't believe the taxpayers are of the mindset that they want any new taxes, and because of that, I would not impose any new taxes."
Harold Wise (R)
"I don't want to increase taxes. My gosh, the citizens are taking a bath with what the college has done, the hospital, and even what the Central Yavapai Fire District has done. We need to work with what we've got."